Following the conflicting court verdicts and litigations over the pre-governorship election in Edo state, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has warned the perpetrators.
The INEC commissioner, Festus Okoye, on Tuesday, June 23, said the lawsuits and ploys are capable of disrupting the smooth conduct of the election and the parties' primaries.
Okoye reacted at 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.
According to the commissioner, he disclosed 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, while the submission of party candidates will end on Monday, June 29.
"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.
Edo 2020: INEC Warns Against Conflicting Court Orders As It Can Harm Conduct Of Elections