Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has asked political parties to end the ongoing controversy over the inclusion of direct primaries in the new electoral bill awaiting the assent of president Buhari.
INEC warns that the controversy could plunge the political system into unnecessary crisis, ahead of the 2023 polls.
Akwa Ibom State resident electoral commissioner, Mike Igini, fielding questions from newsmen on Sunday, warns that controversy arising from one item in the bill, could kill the new electoral act.
According to him, the position of INEC on the direct primaries for election of candidates by political parties, is the legal framework for the poll.
The INEC commissioner said what matter is the sincerity of those managing political parties and aspirants’ participating in the primaries.
Igini said the major political challenge in Nigeria has been the inability of political parties to conduct primaries, without disputes among the aspirants.
The state governors and the PDP have opposed the direct primaries clause in the new electoral act bill, saying it will raise the cost of organizing primaries.
Political interests are mounting pressure on president Buhari who is still consulting before considering whether to assent or not to the bill.
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