The freelance National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set Monday Feb the eleventh as point in time for all political parties United Nations agency didn’t submit the passport pictures of their agents to try to to thus or forfeit correct illustration throughout the polls.
The commission same during a statement that a lot of of the political parties have didn’t submit the images of their agents in line with the existent provisions of the law.
Inec had mounted Feb the first because the last date for the submission of the names, 2 passport pictures or every polling centre agents and their sample signatures.
The electoral umpire same it’s involved that per week when the point in time for the submission of the list of poll agents for Presidential and National Assembly elections and fewer than 3 weeks to the point in time for the submission of the list of candidates for the billet and State Assembly elections, solely few political parties have complied with the existent provisions of the law.
Below is that the full statement by INEC
“SUBMISSION OF NAMES OF PARTY AGENTS
The freelance National Electoral Commission (INEC) met with its Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) from all the thirty six States of the Federation and also the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja on Friday 8thFebruary 2019 to any review its state of readiness for the overall Elections beginning on the 16thFebruary 2019 with the Presidential and National Assembly Elections and ending on ordinal March 2019 with the billet and State Assembly Elections.
At the tip of the meeting, the Commission determined to draw the eye of the registered political parties and members of the general public to the provisions of the law relating to the submission of names of polling/party agents by political parties thus;
Section forty five (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) provides that:
Each organization might, by notice in writing addressed to the Electoral Officer of the government space or space Council, appoint a polling agent for every polling unit and collation centre within the government space or space Council that it’s a candidate and also the notice, that sets out the name and address of the polling agent shall be in the middle of 2 passport pictures of every polling agent and sample signature of the polling agent and tend to the Electoral Officer a minimum of fourteen days before the date mounted for the election.
Provided that nobody presently serving as Chairman or member of a neighborhood Government or space Council, Commissioner of a State, Deputy Governor, or Governor of a State, Minister or the other person holding political workplace beneath any tier of presidency and United Nations agency has not resigned his appointment a minimum of three months before the election shall function a polling agent of any organization, either at the polling unit or at any center selected for collation of results of election. ”
Accordingly, the Commission in its Timetable and Schedule of Activities for this year’s General Elections revealed on January nine, 2018 mounted Feb one, 2019 because the last date for the submission of the names, 2 passport pictures of every polling agent and their sample signatures for the Presidential and National Assembly Elections and Feb sixteen, 2019.
The Commission cares that per week when the point in time for the submission of the list of poll agents for Presidential and National Assembly elections and fewer than 3 weeks to the point in time for the submission of the list of candidates for the billet and State Assembly elections, solely few political parties have complied with the existent provisions of the law. Most of the lists submitted aren’t in the middle of the images and specimen signatures of the poll/party agents PRN by law.
The Commission has determined as follows:
- All political parties that submitted incomplete applications while not the specimen signatures and images of the poll/party agents area unit powerfully requested to regularize this on or before shut of labor on Monday the 11thFebruary 2019.
- All Political Parties area unit reminded that Feb sixteen, 2019 is that the doomsday for the submission of the names, pictures and specimen signatures of poll/party agents for the billet, State Assembly and space Council elections.
- Any list of poll/party agents that’s not in the middle of specimen signatures and images of poll/party agents are going to be rejected.
- it’s unlawful for political parties to deploy poll/party agents whose names haven’t been forwarded to the Commission and punctually commissioned in accordance with the law. the safety agents are thus privy and no recognition, right or privilege are going to be accorded to anyone not commissioned by the Commission.
Festus Okoye Esquire
National Commissioner & Chairman,
Information and citizen Education Committee