Concerning the 2019 General Election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it is necessary for the commission to have the mandate to reject candidates who could not meet the terms in the Party’s constitution or the electoral Act.
INEC stated in a letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen that: “The role of INEC in the nomination process should be strengthened.
Thus, a variant of the provision in Section 87(9) of the Electoral Act (before amendment) should be re-introduced thus: ‘Where a political party fails to comply with the provision of the Constitution or this Act in the conduct of the primaries or nomination of any candidate for any election under this act, its candidate shall not be included in the list of nominated candidates for the election.
This is because INEC is constrained to accept the list submitted by political parties having regard to the provision of Section 31 of the Electoral Act.”
The source has it that the statement follows several law suits due to the failure of political parties to abide by the commission’s rules on primaries.