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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued a directive to all political parties ahead of primary elections.
INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, who spoke at the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) second regular quarterly meeting in Abuja on Thursday, said that the direction of 2023 election was in line with the new Electoral Act 2022.
The new Electoral Act made it essential for political parties to submit their registered members to the Commission 30 days before their primaries, according to the INEC chairman.
“Let me also use this opportunity to remind political parties that each party is expected to keep a membership register in hard and soft copy, and make such register available to the Commission not later than 30 days before the date scheduled for primaries, congresses, and conventions,” he said.
ccording to him, only one party complied with the 2023 election directive. Yakubu emphasized that, it is a mandatory requirement of the law and that all parties are obliged to comply with it. “The other thing to do is to go to elections without an electoral roll. Without a reliable electoral roll, there can be no reliable primary or general election,” Yakube said.