The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it stands by way of its remark that the All Progressives Congress, APC, won’t box applicants for the 2019 basic elections in Zamfara.
Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC said this at the sideline of the hole of a 2-day validation workshop titled “Study on the cost of elections in ECOWAS Region” on Monday, October 15, 2018, in Abuja.
“We have issued a statement on Zamfara and nothing has changed. We stand by the statement that we issued,” he mentioned.
Yakubu re-emphasized that the cut-off date for submission of celebration applicants’ identify to the fee was once October 18, 2018, pronouncing that it will give a complete record on that when November 18, 2018.
INEC had knowledgeable the ruling APC in a leaked memo that it will now not be allowed to box applicants for non-compulsory positions in Zamfara within the 2019 elections.
Okechukwe Ndeche, the fee’s performing Secretary, in a letter to the APC mentioned that the celebration was once barred from fielding applicants for governorship, nationwide meeting and state meeting elections.
The fee mentioned this was once as a result of APC did not agree to Sections 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act of 2010.
Parties, in step with the act, have been anticipated to agree to the timetable and agenda of INEC, which says that the habits of primaries should be held between August 18, 2018, and October 7, 2018. INEC mentioned it won studies from its Zamfara place of work, indicating that no primaries have been carried out within the state “notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilised and deployed.”
Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman, later answered to INEC in a remark and mentioned that the celebration had already arrived at a consensus before the cut-off date.
Oshiomhole mentioned that following the prime degree of friction, disagreements and threats of violence by way of quite a lot of political camps before the primaries, all of the aspirants met at City King Hotel, Gusau, to discover a truce.
“After hours of intense horse-trading, a consensus was reached within the spirit and context of the electoral act and the constitution of our party. “This was done in strict compliance with Section 87 (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended),” he mentioned.
He mentioned that the claim by way of INEC that no primaries have been carried out may handiest be regarding its officers’ commentary that exact vote casting didn’t happen.
The APC chairman mentioned that habits of primaries was once now not the one mode prescribed for generating applicants within the electoral act, 2010 (as amended). “We, therefore, affirm that indeed, primaries took place in Zamfara State,” Oshiomhole mentioned.
The celebration chairman additionally famous that PDP had identical problems in Kano State and questioned why INEC didn’t bar the opposition celebration from fielding applicants.
Yakubu additional mentioned that the fee would by way of the top of November print the exceptional Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs. “We have revealed the PVCs for many who registered within the first quarter of 2018.
We are at this time concurrently printing for many who registered in the second one and 3rd quarters. “We are having a look on the finish of November for all of the PVCs to be revealed including request for switch and relocation.
“Let me just repeat the assurance that every citizen that registered and who have applied for transfer or replacement will get his or her PVC before 2019 general elections.”