The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has decried the conflicting orders issued by different courts on the November 6 Anambra governorship election, saying it has the tendency of affecting the conduct of the exercise.
INEC national commissioner and chairman information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, disclosed this at the implementation meeting of the voter education and publicity department in Anambra on Tuesday.
Okoye said the commission often complains about the frequency with which courts issued orders which he said have “far-reaching implications on the conduct of the Anambra state governorship election”.
“Some of the orders have the tendency of eroding the powers of the Commission and compromising its independence, powers and timelines for the conduct of the upcoming election.
“Unfortunately, some of the judgements and orders given especially on the primary elections in Anambra state have bypassed our portal and sought to restore the manual submission of the List and Personal Particulars of candidates” the INEC national commissioner said.
Okoye said it is becoming increasingly difficult for the commission to obey court orders and judgements. He, therefore, called on the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to intervene as such practice must not be carried over to the 2023 general election.