By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA—The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said yesterday it has so far conducted no fewer than 167 elections in the aftermath of the 2015 general elections.
INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at a consultative meeting with media executives in Abuja.
“Arising from court-ordered rerun elections and end of tenure governorship to FCT Area Council elections, we have so far conducted 167 elections,” he said.
Yakubu, however, added that the commission had resolved to meet with the heads of the nation’s judiciary to put an end to cases of conflicting court orders.
“The issue of conflicting orders is one that we shall take up with the judiciary,” he said, adding that only one of the 167 elections had been nullified by the courts.
Yakubu also revealed that 38 of the nation’s political parties continued to flout the rules on campaign financing, saying only two have submitted their statements of account to INEC.
“They are to file such statements within six months after the general elections and only two parties have complied with this provision, because the two parties said they received nothing and so there was nothing to declare. They said that they did not even participate in the elections,”, Yakubu explained.
The INEC boss, however, solicited the support of the media ahead of the next general elections.