The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room in a joint statement signed by its co-ordinator, Ene Obi, and its allies, Asmau Joda and James Ugochukwu, on Monday criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission’s decision to extend the primaries to political parties. .
The party also warned the electoral commission to avoid future incidents.
Auntyamebo blog earlier reported,on Friday, May 28, 2022, announced the extension of the party’s primaries after much pressure.
Following the extension, the ruling All Progressives Congress announced the postponement of its presidential term.
“The Situation Room is disappointed that INEC has backtracked on its insistence that it does not set a deadline for political parties to complete their primary and submit the list of candidates for the 2023 general elections.
“INEC’s insistence on its previous timetable has forced some parties to continue with the deadlines, despite shortcomings in their plans. Turning and stretching the day meant that political parties were lagging behind in preparing for the parties that had been given the opportunity to better prepare themselves and that the earlier date denied other political parties.
“INEC should be seen as an opportunity to play all the parties involved in any election. The Situation Room is concerned that INEC’s move to change election deadlines and schedules could be interpreted as a sign of bias – a view that does not help to create the impression of an impartial referee before the 2023 general election.
“The Situation Room calls on INEC to refrain from any future action that could undermine the ideology of bias or injustice, as we head into the 2023 general elections,” the party said.