The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has threatened to bar some political parties from fielding polling agents in Saturday’s elections over their inability to meet the deadline and requirements for the submission of particulars of their agents.
INEC spoke, yesterday, against the backdrop that most of the 72 parties participating in the general elections had missed the deadline to submit the list of polling agents by one week.
“We are concerned that a week after the deadline for the submission of the list of poll agents for Presidential and National Assembly elections and less than three weeks to the deadline for the submission of the list of candidates for the Governorship and State Assembly elections, only few political parties have complied with the extant provisions of the law. Most of the lists submitted are not accompanied by the photographs and specimen signatures of the poll/party agents as required by law”, the Commission said. Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, who disclosed this, said the decision was taken after a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) from all the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja on Friday to further review the Commission’s state of readiness for the general elections.
According to him, at the end of the meeting, the Commission decided to draw the attention of the registered political parties and members of the public to the provisions of the law regarding the submission of names of polling/party agents by political parties.