The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has lamented the level of distraction the commission is facing as a result of litigations arising from the Anambra State governorship primary elections.
The commission said it is frustrating that new court orders from all parts of the country keep flooding the commission’s headquarters on a daily basis, causing it to keep recognising one candidate over the other, and changing same again in the major political parties.
National Commissioner for Voter Education, Barr Festus Okoye stated this in Awka on Monday, during an implementation meeting on voter enlightenment and publicity for 2021 Anambra State governorship election.
Okoye said: “This (litigations) is frustrating. What the commission does in terms of obedience to court orders is that if a judgement comes today, the commission obeys the order, because it is the latest in time.
“If on the same issue, another court or coordinate jurisdiction, or from a court of another judicial division comes to us, because that one is the latest in time, the commission obeys that one.
“So, what the political parties have been doing, and what they are doing is that they anticipate the commission, and the moment you’re proceeding, they get court orders. This is impeding our performance and making things difficult.
“Elections require sanctity and adherence to guidelines, The leadership of the NBA and the NJC should look at this. This is urgent and imperative because if it persists, this can jeopardize the conduct of the 2023 general election. We are having court orders on a daily basis from courts in all parts of the country and that is not right,” Okoye said.
The meeting was attended by the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Anambra State, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, the heads of the commission in all the 21 local government areas of Anambra State and some stakeholders.