INEC Withdraws 25 Certificates Of Return Ahead Of Inauguration


Barely few days to the expiration of the current administration, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said it has withdrawn 25 Certificates-of-Return issued to some candidates that won the 2019 general elections, following court orders.


The Commission made this known when the Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Mr. Festus Okoye spoke at a ‘Forum on Media Coverage of 2019 General Elections’ held in Enugu.


According to NAN, Okoye disclosed that 20 of the 25 certificates-of-return were withdrawn from All Progressive Congress (APC) members to other APC members; while two from People Democratic Party (PDP) members were withdrawn and issued to other PDP members.


He said that the other three were withdrawn from APC and PDP; and given to other political parties.


“Before we left INEC national headquarters on Friday; the commission has withdrawn 25 certificates-of-return from the first owners to their new owners following court orders to do that,” he explained.


He, however, lauded the media for its openness and robust engagement with the commission before, during and after the election, adding that the media had become critical stakeholders for the success of future elections.


Okoye noted that the media had become the first-line of reach of the masses as well as a platform for explanation of INEC political and electoral decisions.


Okoye, therefore, called on the media and its practitioners to dig deep into the Electoral Act to ensure that the import of the recently amended sections are made known to the public.


“The media should also center on the aspect of using Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve electoral issues especially at the party levels instead of going to the court,” he advised.