INEC meets over Supreme Court ruling on Zamfara


THE Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will meet on Saturday, May 25 to deliberate on matter arising from the Supreme Court judgement  on the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Zamfara State.

The commission disclosed this in a statement issued by Festus Okoye, the INEC national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee  on Friday, May 24 in Abuja.

Okoye said that the INEC’s decision would be made know to the public on Monday, May 27.

He disclosed that following the Supreme Court’s judgment delivered in Abuja on the Governorship, National and State Assembly elections held in Zamfara State, the INEC on Friday held an emergency meeting to consider the court’s decision.

“The Supreme Court ruled that the All Progressives Congress, APC, did not hold valid party primaries as required by law.

“It held that all the votes scored by the APC in the said elections are wasted votes and declared that the candidates of political parties with the second highest valid votes and the requisite spread should be declared as having been elected,” Okoye said.

The Supreme Court on Friday, May 24 invalidated the participation of the APC in the last Governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly elections in Zamfara.

Justice Paul Galinji, delivering the lead judgment, held that the APC and all its candidates that participated in the elections gate-crashed, having not conducted lawful primaries.

According to him, the INEC was right not have recognised the participation of the party in those elections.

Galinji, therefore, ordered that all the political parties whose candidates scored the second highest votes in the elections and the required spread should be declared winners forthwith.


– May 24, 2019 @ 16:35 GMT |


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