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INEC disowns LP’s national convention

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disowned Wednesday’s national convention Labour Party (INEC) held in Anambra.

Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, said this in Abuja on Thursday.

The CPS said that the conduct of the convention was not monitored by the electoral body, declining to state further why it was not monitored.

The LP had shifted the national convention on Tuesday from Umuahia in Abia to Nnewi, Anambra State.

Commenting on the venue change, Mr Kehinde Edun, the LP National Legal Adviser, told reporters that the party had duly informed INEC about the change in venue and date.

“No, it is holding in Anambra. Nnewi, to be precise, not Umuahia in Abia State again. In fact, Umuahia was not even the first venue we chose. Benin was the first choice before we changed to Umuahia and now Nnewi.

“So, we are at liberty to pick any venue of our choice. We only need to inform INEC about the change in venue and the time,” Edun said.

Section 82(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 states that political parties shall give INEC at least 21 days’ notice of convention, congress, conference or meeting.

Also included is a convention or meeting convened for “merger” and electing members of its executive committees and other governing bodies or nominating candidates.

 

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