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Just In: INEC complies with Appeal Court ruling on Zamfara - ITREALMS

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has decided to comply with the Appeal Court ruling on accommodating candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara on the ballot, reports ITREALMS.

Disclosing this Friday, the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, said they took the decision following a ruling delivered on Thursday by the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja.

A press statement from INEC available to ITREALMS, the Commission said that with this development its restoring the APC on the ballot in the National Assembly, Governorship and State House of Assembly elections scheduled for 23rd February and 9th March, 2019.

He explained that the commission had refused to allow the candidates of the party in Zamfara to participate in the polls because of the “conflicting orders” of the Federal High Court, Abuja and the Zamfara State High Court on the primaries conducted in the state.

The National Commissioner noted that the court in Abuja had restrained the party from fielding candidates in the general elections, stating that it did not conduct primaries.

On the other hand, he said a later ruling by the court in Zamfara cleared the APC to go ahead and participate in the polls having held valid primaries.

Okoye added that the appeal court, thereafter, set aside the judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja for lack of jurisdiction.

*Ayo Midele with addition report from Channels TV/Editor

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pix: Festus Okoye, INEC Commissioner, Voter Education

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