INEC Seeks Powers To Reject Candidates


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may be seeking for more powers to reject candidates of political parties , following multiple law suits arising from the failure of political parties to abide by their internal guidelines on primaries.
The Tide gathered that INEC wants to play more decisive roles in the selection of candidates for the general election.
The commission made its  position known in a paper submitted to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), a copy of which was obtained at the INEC office in Port Harcourt last Wednesday. It also criticised the judiciary for aiding electoral impunity through conflicting judgements of courts that enabled politicians to manipulate the electoral system.
It said given the disposition of political parties to abuse their constitutions with regards to the selection of candidates, it had become imperative for it to have the power to reject any candidate whose emergence failed to comply with the provisions of their party’s constitution or the electoral law.
It said in the paper: “The role of INEC in the nomination process should be strengthened. Thus, a variant of the provision in Section 87 (9) of the Electoral Act (before amendment) should be re-introduced thus: “Where a political party fails to comply with the provision of the Constitution or this Act in the conduct of the primaries or nomination of any candidate for any election under this act, its candidate shall not be included in the list of nominated candidates for the election.