June 11, 2024

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Imo parties, others risk INEC sanctions over noncompliance with Nov polls deadlines

AHEAD of the November 11 governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged political parties to submit lists of agents.
They have not done most of this against tomorrow Tuesday’s deadline. INEC forecloses the extension of the October 10 deadline for the exercise.
National commissioner and chairman for information and voter education committee, Sam Olumekun, who issued a statement yesterday, also deplores the insecurity in the land.
Olumekun, replacement for Festus Okoye in that role says INEC’s engagement with political parties is to engender peaceful polls.
“INEC earnestly appeals to all political parties and candidates to avoid utterances and acts that may heat up the polity.
Deadline expires Tuesday
“The commission will continue to closely monitor the situation and sustain its engagement with security agencies and stakeholders to ensure peaceful conduct of elections in the three states.”
With less than 72 hours to deadline, only 55 per cent of agents have been uploaded on the electoral umpire’s portal by political parties for the elections, since the advertisement on August 24, INEC says.
“For Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi, only 55 per cent of the expected total of 189,180 polling unit agents have been uploaded to the designated INEC portal.
“Specifically, 29,278 out of the expected 40,372 (72.5 per cent) for Bayelsa; 51,681 out of 85,644 (60.3 per cent) for Imo; and 23,720 out of 63,144 (37.6 per cent) for Kogi State; have been uploaded.
“Similarly, only 25.1 per cent of the expected 15,804 collation agents in the three states have been uploaded: 1,246 (26%) out of 4,806 for Bayelsa; 1,638 (27.3 per cent) out of 5,994 for Imo, and 1,095 (21.9 per cent) out of 5,004 for Kogi.
“The commission, hereby, wishes to further remind political parties that the portal will automatically shut down at 12:00 midnight on Tuesday, October 10.”
“There shall be no extension. Consequently, all parties, sponsoring candidates for the elections that are yet to upload the lists of their agents, should do so before the deadline for the exercise.”