INEC To Blacklist Political Parties Over Violent Congresses

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned political parties unable to conduct peaceful congresses and primaries that it will be blacklisted.

This was contained in a statement on Monday titled, ‘Conduct of Acrimonious Congress And Primaries By Political Parties’ signed by INEC spokesman, Festus Okoye.

The Commission stated that it might not acknowledge the result of violent congresses if the trend continues.

“This Commission will not stand askance and watch party conventions and congresses degenerate into farcical rituals and violent fiascos that threaten lives and destroy property.

“For the avoidance of doubt, INEC will henceforth reconsider its involvement in these events, should they continue to put lives of members of the public and staff of the Commission at risk.

“Henceforth, there will be far-reaching consequences in any situation where party congresses and conventions degenerate into violence and destruction of INEC property. Apart from replacing such destroyed materials, parties may be blacklisted from the receipt of INEC materials for their activities in the future.

“The Commission may also withdraw its staff from monitoring such violent political party meetings, with the resultant non-recognition of their outcomes,” the statement partly reads.

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