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Monday, 5 August 2013

INEC has no regret registering APC – Jega


INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega Photo Credit:234NEXT
Mr. Jega stated this on Monday in Abuja.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it has no regret registering the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, said this on Monday at a stakeholder conference with media professionals and civic groups on voter register optimisation, and plans for continuous voter registration holding at the REIZ Hotel, Abuja.
“It is clear to us that the parties that intend to merge met all legal requirements and we have done all the processes required of us. We believe we are right to do so under the law. We are satisfied that what we have done is within the law,” he said.
The registration is opposed by a group, African Peoples Congress, that was denied registration by INEC using the same acronym. The group has challenged INEC’s decision in court.
Mr. Jega also said APC is eligible to participate in the November 16 Anambra election, saying it was registered within the time specified by Section 84 (c) of the Electoral Act which is 60 days to the election.
Mr. Jega also said INEC has discovered 93,526 cases of multiple registration of voters in Anambra and will soon start prosecution of the culprits. There were about 870,000 of such cases nationwide before the 2011 election.
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