Leadership (Abuja)

29 January 2014

Nigeria: INEC to Blacklist Parties With "Perpetual Leadership" in Zamfara

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will stop all official communication with political parties operating through caretaker committees over a long period in Zamfara.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in his office in Gusau on Wednesday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Alhaji Jibrin Zarewa noted with dismay that such parties had refused to organise elections as stipulated by law.

He disclosed that 11 out of the 19 existing political parties in the state were guilty of the offence adding that they had been operating under certain individuals.

These individuals, the INEC boss said, had been serving as caretaker committee members in the past seven years.

He said that the caretaker leaders had also refused to set up chain of leadership of the parties; from ward to state levels.

Zarewa also stated that all the affected parties had no functional offices adding that "INEC has been dealing with them as if they are individuals operating from private residences".

"The affected parties cannot present candidates for election if they do not have their elected officials in place before the general elections," he said.

The REC advised political parties in the state that have not conducted their state congresses to do so before the end of March or face the commission's sanctions. (NAN)

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