639 post-primary court cases threatening 2019 elections -INEC source

639 post-primary court cases threatening 2019 elections -INEC source

- Over 600 post-primary election court cases are currently threatening the 2019 general election

- INEC said the cases were some of the major challenges facing the electoral body in its preparation for the general elections

- The commission has also received about 584 requests for certified original copies of documents from parties in the suits to enable them to pursue these cases

Six hundred and thirty nine post primary election court cases are said to be threatening the forthcoming 2019 general election, Punch reports.

The cases are said to have been generated from primary elections conducted by political parties in which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been joined as party.

A source within the commission said that the cases were some of the major challenges facing the electoral body in its preparation for the general elections.

It was gathered that INEC received about 584 requests for certified original copies of documents from parties in the suits to enable them to pursue these cases.

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The INEC source said: “One of the big challenges facing us as a commission, as we prepare for the general elections, is the number of court cases that we are joined. From Ogun to Zamfara and Rivers states, the situation is the same."

The source also said that the commission had concerns in both Zamfara and Rivers state because the court have ruled that the logos of the All Progressives Congress should not appear on ballot papers in those states.

He however, said there might be controversy if a high court make a different judgement on the matter concerning these states.

"The commission has decided to open up its Situation Room to enable members of civil society organisations to see what we are doing there.

“We have nothing to hide. We have granted visitation right to the CSOs. They may not sit all through, but they can be coming in at will to observe what is going on in the room," the source noted.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that INEC had announced the names of 144 observers that will monitor the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

In an announcement made on its website on Sunday, January 27, the commission said the list includes 116 local observers and 28 foreign observers.

Also, INEC, however, threatened to cancel and withdraw the accreditation of any organisation if the code of conduct is breached by any of its members or agents.

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