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Anambra Election: INEC Raises Alarm Over Illegal Substitution Of Candidates



Ahead of the November 18, 2017, Governorship election in Anambra State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised concern about the unlawful substitution of candidates by some political parties. INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu raised the alarm at a meeting with members of civil society organisations in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

According to him, two prominent political parties have substituted the names of their candidates who participated in the primaries with new candidates who never participated in the primaries. He said, “I wish to draw the attention of the civil society to the activities of two political parties. I wouldn’t mention their names here – I mentioned it when I met with the political parties two weeks ago. We monitored the primaries.

Despite the knowledge of what had happened, the electoral umpire has no legal rights to reject those substitutions, according to the INEC boss.

“The Electoral Act says if that is done, INEC has no powers to disqualify any candidate nominated by his or her party,” he said.
He, however, warned that the actions of both political parties could have negative effects on the election.
If any of the two candidates who did not stand in the primary wins, it would be up to the electoral tribunal or courts to decide.
Professor Yakubu said if the matter is challenged in court, INEC won’t defend what is wrong.
“We will go to the court and present the true record of what transpired at the primaries for the court to determine what to do. We will never defend what we cannot defend. We will never defend anything that did not correctly transpire at the primaries,” he said.

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