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INEC to give certificate of return to Okorocha only under one condition

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INEC to give certificate of return to Okorocha only under one condition

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said once again that Imo governor, Rochas Okorocha, did not win the Imo West senate seat fairly and so would not be issued a certificate of return.

  • The only condition under which he would get a certificate is if a court rules in his favor, according to Festus Okoye, the INEC Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education.
  • “If the cases instituted against the commission by the affected candidates on the matter decided otherwise, INEC would comply,” he said.

The other culprits: INEC said Okorocha is not the only one being denied a certificate. Three others with similar fates are “the Otu-Opi Federal Constituency in Benue, Agayi State Constituency and another in Akwa Ibom.”

Why it matters: “What INEC is saying is that you can’t engage in bad electoral behaviour and expect INEC to reward you with a certificate. Our certificate is only for those who won freely. Issuance of certificates of return is a statutory function of INEC; it is only issued to those who won election and must be done through the free will of a returning officer.”

  • In the cases above, INEC said the returning officers were under duress to make the announcement.

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