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Direct Primaries: We give effect to laws passed by NASS, president –INEC

As political parties continue to kick against the section of the recently amended Electoral Bill mandating the adoption of direct primaries in selecting candidates for election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said its role was to give effect to laws passed by the National Assembly and assented into Law by the President.

 

Recall that Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi and chairman, Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), had said that adopting direct primaries by political parties would overstretch the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

 

But INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye who spoke to our correspondent on Saturday, noted that the National Assembly backed by the Constitution, can confer power on INEC to ensure strict compliance to practices deemed necessary to promote a fair and transparent conduct of party primaries, party congresses and conventions.

According to him, INEC was clearly mandated by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) as well as the Electoral Act, 2010(as amended), to organize, undertake and supervise elections.

 

He said: “The Commission registers Political Parties, monitors political campaigns and provides rules and regulations that should govern political parties.

 

“However, the legislative powers of the Federation reside and are domiciled with the National Assembly. It is the National Assembly that is charged with the responsibility of making laws for the peace, order and good government of the federations.

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