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National Convention: We Gave INEC Over 100 Days Notice, Says Labour Party

 

The Labour Party’s recently concluded national convention in Nnewi, Anambra State, is still clouded in controversy because the party has released a document proving that it properly notified the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the allotted time frame prior to the convention.The LP had originally written to INEC to inform them that the national convention will be held in Benin, the capital of Edo State. The location was then shifted to Nnewi in Anambra State and then again to Umuahia in Abia.

 

The Labour Party claimed in a document to support its claims that it actually informed INEC of its national convention, giving a notice of 100 days as opposed to the customary 21 days.Obiora Ifoh, the party’s national publicity secretary, released the paper late on Thursday in Abuja.Ifoh claims, “The Labour Party gave 100 days’ notice, but the Electoral Act stipulates 21 days.” And someone asserts that they are ignorant.

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“Electoral Act of 2022 in Article 82 (2) states “The Commission may, with or without prior notice to the political party attend and observe any convention, congress, conference or meeting which is convened by a political party for the purpose of (a) electing members of its executive committees or other governing bodies.”

 

In the said letter titled: ‘Notice For The Conduct of National Convention’ dated December 4th, 2023, which was signed by Julius Abure as National Chairman and Alhaji Umar Farouk Ibrahim as National Secretary , the party said it was planning to hold its convention in Benin, the Edo State Capital on March 29, 2024. The letter was stamped received by the commission on the day it was written.

 

However, it was learned that because of the repeated site changes, first to Benin, then to Umuahia, and lastly to Nnewi, INEC was unable to oversee the national conference.”The commission did not keep track of the exact place the national convention will take place,” the INEC source stated, referring to the repeated venue changes.

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