INEC disowns Labour Party's National Convention in Anambra, citing lack of monitoring | #NwokeukwuMascot


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 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has distanced itself from the Labour Party (LP) National Convention held in Anambra on Wednesday.

According to Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of INEC, the commission did not oversee or monitor the convention. Oyekanmi did not provide further details on why INEC did not monitor the event.

However, it was reported by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the LP had changed the convention's venue from Umuahia in Abia to Nnewi, Anambra State on Tuesday.

Mr Kehinde Edun, the LP National Legal Adviser, stated that the party had duly informed INEC about the change in venue and date.

He said, “No, it is holding in Anambra. Nnewi, to be precise, not Umuahia in Abia State again. In fact, Umuahia was not even the first venue we chose. Benin was the first choice before we changed to Umuahia and now Nnewi.

“So, we are at liberty to pick any venue of our choice. We only need to inform INEC about the change in venue and time,” Edun said.

Section 82(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022 states that political parties shall give INEC at least 21 days notice of convention, congress, conference or meeting.

This includes the convention or meeting convened for the purpose of “merger” and electing members of its executive committees, other governing bodies or nominating candidates.


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