Thursday, May 19, 2022

Senate Chief Whip, Kalu Condemns Call by Parties for Extension of INEC Deadline for Primary Elections


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been inundated with calls to extend the conduct of Primary elections beyond June 3rd . The commission had in February earmarked April 4 to June 3 for the conduct of party primaries.

Amidst these calls for extension, I urge INEC to take disciplinary actions on any party that fails to meet up with the designated dates . INEC made the dates known as early as February and kept a reminder to all parties through March and April about the commission’s plan to stick to the timetable

It is therefore embarrassing and speaks volumes of the indiscipline in this country for any party to advocate for extension of date . Most Nigerians do not respect and keep time, that is why appointments are not kept and people continue to give flimsy excuses .

What have the political parties been doing since February? Is that how to behave in a country? What is the actual benefit of not keeping to rules? INEC should understand that if it succumbs to the pressure of shifting it to a fresh date, the parties would still request for another grace of extension thereby causing confusion everywhere.

I encourage INEC to stand firm on their decision and deliver as promised .

Senator Orji Uzor Kalu
Chief Whip of the 9th Senate
Federal Republic of Nigeria

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