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Court orders: INEC withdraws 25 certificates of return

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said it had pulled back 25 Certificates-of-Return issued to certain hopefuls that won the 2019 general decisions, following court orders.

The Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Mr. Festus Okoye, said this at a ‘Gathering on Media Coverage of 2019 General Elections’ held in Enugu on Monday, NAN reports.

Okoye expressed that 20 of the 25 authentications of-return were pulled back from All Progressive Congress (APC) individuals to other APC individuals; while two from People Democratic Party (PDP) individuals were pulled back and issued to other PDP individuals.

He said that the other three were pulled back from APC and PDP, and given to other ideological groups.

“Before we left INEC national home office on Friday; the commission has pulled back 25 authentications of coming back from the main proprietors to their new proprietors following court requests to do that,” he said.

Okoye, be that as it may, commended the media for its receptiveness and significant commitment with the commission previously, amid and after the decision, including that the media had turned out to be essential partners for the accomplishment of future races.

He noticed that the media had turned into the primary line of reach of the majority just as a stage for clarification of INEC political and constituent choices.

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Okoye like this approached the media and its specialists to delve profoundly into the Electoral Act to guarantee that the import of the ongoing altered segments is made known to general society.

“The media should likewise fixate on the part of utilizing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to determine appointive issues particularly at the gathering levels as opposed to setting off to the court,” he advised.

In his comment, President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Chris Isigozu, said that the media and its professionals delighted in a vast and hearty association with INEC previously, amid and after the decisions.

Isuzu said that INEC performed respectably given the assets and length of co-task from different partners associated with the discretionary procedures.

“In any case, we are here to assess the whole procedure and see where we can fortify our commitment and better the constituent framework.

“We would be open and state it as it; so that the discretionary and majority rule procedures can be better even as we go into offseason decisions,” he said.