INEC warns Political parties against late submission of their poll agents names


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned Political parties to submit the names and appropriate details of their poll agents for the governorship election within the given time limit.

This was contained in a statement signed by the national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education, Festus Okoye.

The decision, according to the statement, was from INEC’s meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) from all the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory on Friday in Abuja.

According to section 45 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), each political party should by notice in writing addressed to the Electoral Officer of the Local Government Area or Area Council, appoint a polling agent for each polling unit and collation centre in the Local Government Area or Area Council for which it has a candidate and the notice.

This should be given to the electoral officer at least 14 days before the date for the election.

This warning is coming amidst concern by the commission that a week after the deadline for the submission of the list of poll agents for presidential and national assembly elections, only a few parties have complied.