The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that pre-election litigation is posing a challenge to the governorship polls in Bayelsa, Kogi, and Imo states.
The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, stated this during the commission’s quarterly meeting with political parties in Abuja on Tuesday.
Yakubu expressed concern about recent court judgments and orders concerning the nomination, substitution, or disqualification of candidates after all the sensitive materials have been printed, noting that the decision is without prejudice to any pending appeal by the affected candidates or their political parties.
He said, “Political parties have uploaded the names of their polling and collation agents to the dedicated web portal.“As I informed Nigerians at the meeting with our Resident Electoral Commissions last week, a total of 137,934 agents made up of 130,093 polling and 7,841 collation agents have already been uploaded to the portal.
“However, not all the political parties have nominated agents for all the polling units and even the collation centers in the three states.I urge you to consider the submission of names of agents as important as the nomination of candidates for election.”
The INEC Chairman also stated that not all the political parties have nominated agents for all the polling units and even the collation centers in the three states.