The Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) has informed the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it requires 21 days notice for the national convention to hold by law.
INEC in a response to a letter by the APC inviting it to the convention, states that the provision in Section 82(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, requires 21 days notice from any political party of any convention, congress, conference, or meeting convened for the purpose of merger.
The response, dated March 9, signed by its Secretary, Rose Anthony, was entitled: “Re:Invitation to the emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee”,
It was addressed to the National Chairman, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Governor Abubakar Bello.
INEC’s letter read: “Please refer to your letter Ref.APC/NHDQ/INEC/019/022/32, dated 8th March 2022.
“The commission draws your attention to the fact that the notice for the meeting was not signed by the national chairman and national secretary of the CECPC.
“This is contrary to the provision of the Article 1.1.3 of the commission’s Regulations and Guidelines for Political Party Operations (2018).
“Furthermore, the APC is reminded of the provision in Section 82(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, which requires ‘at least 21 days’ notice of any convention, congress, conference, or meeting convened for the purpose of ‘merger’.
“And electing members of its executive committees, other governing bodies or nominating candidates for any elective office.
“While hoping these issues are noted for compliance, please accept the assurance of the commission’s warm regards.”
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