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INEC to meet over court orders on issuing Certificates of Return

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will meet on the various judgments and orders issued or served on it from various Courts of Law in Nigeria on the issuance of Certificates of Return.

Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said on Monday, 10 June 2019, in Abuja.

Reacting to an enquiry on the commission’s decision on a court order, directing it to issue Certificates of Return to a Senator and five House of Representatives members under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State, Okoye said that the commission was yet to take any decision regarding the judgment as its National Commissioners supervising state level review on the 2019 general elections just returned to Abuja.

“The Commission will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) regarding judgments and orders served on it from various Courts of Law.

“The Commission has not taken any decision relating to the matter you alluded to. The Commission may deal with all such issues and other pending ones tomorrow.

“National commissioners supervising State Level Review of the 2019 Elections returned to Abuja on Monday, 10 June 2019, to clear all pending judgments and orders before heading back to their states of supervision,” Okoye said.

An FCT High Court on 16 May, had ordered INEC to issue certificates of return to one Senator and five House of Representatives members elected under the platform the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State, who came second in the affected elections.

The court on Friday, 7 June 2019, refused to grant an application for Stay of Execution of its judgment, which nullified the election of the affected senatorial district and five Federal Constituencies under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi state.

The FCT High Court, presided over by Justice Bello Kawu, rejected the application by the APC on stay of execution and ordered INEC to issue the PDP candidates with certificates of return.

The court had declared as null and void, the publication of the names of APC candidates as winners of the National Assembly election in the affected constituencies.

The commission was also expected to obey the court directive on the issuance of Certificate of Return for Imo West Senatorial District election.

A Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by Justice Okon Abang had on 23 May, ordered INEC to issue certificate of return to former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, as the Senator-elect for Imo West Senatorial District.

– APA

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