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Why Anambra Central Senatorial Rerun Cannot Hold Now – INEC

The Independent Na­tional Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that it will not conduct the court-ordered re-run election in Anambra Central Senatorial District alongside similar polls in four states of the federation.
INEC said the election will hold after all the aspir­ants conclude their pending litigations in court.
The commission’s clarifi­cation came on Wednesday when it fixed July 31, 2016 date for the conduct of all other court-ordered re-run elections in the four states of Imo, Rivers, Kogi and Kano.
It noted that the Anam­bra Central re-run will re­main pending until after the numerous court cases that have trailed it are settled.
INEC Deputy Direc­tor of Publicity, Mr. Nick Dazang, told The AU­THORITY in Abuja that the commission was only concentrating on the con­duct of re-run elections in those states that have no le­gal implications, adding that the Anambra Central case is still pending in the court.
He said: “We are not talk­ing about any re-run election in Anambra at the moment as there are still cases pending at the various Nigerian courts over it. INEC, as a law-abiding electoral umpire must obey the rule of law as far as the Anam­bra re-run issue is concerned.
It is only when the court cases are over and a position is taken by the court that we can talk of any election in Anam­bra Central. For now, the com­mission is concerned with the conduct of re-run elections in the other four states as direct­ed by the court.”
Meanwhile, INEC has commenced intensive consul­tations on the lingering re-run elections in five states.
Citing security challeng­es, the commission has indef­initely postponed the conduct of Court-ordered re-run elec­tions in four senatorial dis­tricts of Imo, Anambra, Rivers, Kogi and Kano states, amidst protests and condemnations.
While the court-ordered re-run elections could not hold in Imo and Anambra states, the commission can­celled and suspended the re-run elections in Rivers, Kogi and Kano following alleged widespread electoral malprac­tices and violence.
The commission, which had earlier stated certain con­ditions that must be met be­fore a new date can be arrived at for the re-run polls, com­menced steps of reaching an agreement that can lead to the conduct of the polls at a meet­ing with stakeholders from the sates where the elections are billed to hold.
Also, the commission, which met with States Resi­dent Electoral Commission­ers yesterday in Abuja, will to­day meet with political parties and candidates from the four states where there are pending re-run polls which will be con­cluded by July 31.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, who dis­closed this during the com­missions’ second quarterly meeting with States’ Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC), noted that the com­mission was committed to concluding all the polls by July 31.

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