2023: “We’re currently grappling with 600 court cases”, INEC cries out

Ahead of the 2023 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), said it is currently facing over 600 litigations instituted by individuals and parties in several courts across the federation.

Chairman of the Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, who made this known at a capacity-building workshop for over 300 judges that will handle disputes that will arise from the forthcoming elections, lamented that most of the cases pending against the electoral body, relate to the conduct of primaries by political parties.

He said it was not healthy for the nation that the Commission would be battling with pre-election matters at a time it ought to be concerned with full-blown preparation for the necessary logistics for the conduct of the impending polls.

While expressing the Commission’s resolve to continue to abide by court orders, the INEC boss said there was need for the judiciary to pay strict adherence to precedents.

He equally launched a Judicial Electoral Manual that will guide the tribunal members in the adjudication of disputes that may arise from the 2023 general elections.

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