Elections Guidelines: ADC Calls For Consistency

The African Democratic Congress, ADC, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to be consistent in the nation’s elections guidelines.

National Chairman of the Congress, Chief Ralph Okey Nwosu stated this in an interview with Kapital FM in Abuja.

Reacting to the ongoing Area Councils Primaries in the Federal Capital Territory, Chief explained that INEC release the guidelines on the 31st March, 2021 and directed all political parties to conduct their primaries within 1st- 24th of April added that it has distorted the process.

The ADC National Chairman pointed out that the norms are after the release of the guidelines preparations must be on for four months.

” INEC release the guidelines for FCT Councils elections on the 31st March but surprisingly put the primary elections for 1st to 24th April 2021 giving the political parties only twenty four days to conduct their primaries” Chief Nwosu added.

Describing INEC directives as unacceptable, the ADC Chieftain said that after the release of the guidelines political parties are expected to notify the electoral body of their primaries twenty one days after receiving it.

Chief Nwosu who used the forthcoming Anambra state governorship election as a case study for proper preparations urged the electoral umpire to stop the ongoing area councils primaries in the Federal Capital Territory for inclusion of all political parties.

He said Anambra gubernatorial election holds in November this year and INEC released the guidelines for it in January this and was given five months to conduct it primaries and area Councils elections for next year is given twenty four days to organize primaries.

“Why should an elections holding in February next year INEC is rushing to hold primaries this year, something is not right” Chief stressed.

Chief Nwosu noted that INEC decision can destroy the quality of elected persons added that any democracy after 20 years not matured beyond elections is killing the country.

Georgina Humphrey/Abuja

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