Edo 2020: INEC says conflicting court orders can harm conduct of elections

Edo 2020: INEC says conflicting court orders can harm conduct of elections

- INEC has blown hot against litigations and counter-litigations preluding the Edo election

- The electoral umpire said conflicting court verdicts may affect the conduct of election scheduled for September

- The commission made this known after announcing its readiness to obey any court verdict on the Edo poll

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised an eyebrow against conflicting court verdicts and litigations that have characterised the pre-governorship election in Edo state.

Speaking on Tuesday, June 23, ahead of the poll slated for September, INEC commissioner, Festus Okoye, said the lawsuits and ploys are capable of disrupting the smooth conduct of the election and the parties' primaries.

Okoye spoke on the heels of the Edo high court's injunction which restrained the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from disqualifying aspirants after another court sitting in Port Harcourt gave a contrary verdict on PDP primary.

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INEC on Edo poll: Conflicting court orders can harm conduct of elections
INEC has blown hot against the litigation and counter-litigations preluding the Edo election.
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The commissioner also noted that INEC has been following the issues preluding the primaries in Edo state and disclosed that the conduct of party primaries including resolution of disputes will end on June 27, 2020.

"Political Parties should note that the organisation and scheduling of various activities and processes leading to the conduct of elections are complex and involve extensive and careful planning and any disruption of these processes comes at a huge cost to the nation.

“The spate and tenor of pre-election litigations and the conflicting orders emanating therefrom can harm the smooth conduct of primaries and the upcoming elections," Okoye said.

The commissioner also said the submission of party candidates will end on Monday, June 29.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that INEC has said it will obey an order by the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, which restrained Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, from participating in the governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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The court order was given on Tuesday, June 23, forty-eight (48) hours before the PDP primary election scheduled for Thursday, June 25.

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