Nigeria: Parties threaten boycott of 2019 general elections

WorldStage Newsonline– National chairmen of political parties, under the aegis of Inter Parties Alliance Council (IPAC) have resolved to pull out of 2019 election if the amendment to the Electoral Act is not signed and conditions for credible polls not assured.

The meeting which held at the INEC Electoral Institute Abuja had over 70 of the nation’s 91 political parties d in attendance.

They passed vote of confidence on Peter Ameh-led IPAC executives, promising to work closely with INEC Chairman to ensure free and fair polls..

The parties’ leaders reviewed issues concerning the 2019 general elections as well as IPAC leadership and resolved unanimously on key issues that would shape the 2019 general elections.

The resolutions included: conduct of free, fair and credible elections in 2019 which the new electoral bill before the President Buhari promises; signing of the said bill by the president; boycott of the electoral processes should the president refuse assent to the bill; and that delay or refusal to sign the bill will throw the country into the worst bloody electoral process and put INEC in a tight situation that may make free and credible election impossible in 2019.

IPAC appreciated the efforts of the INEC chairman towards having credible polls and resolved to work closely with INEC in ensuring free and fair polls in 2019.

IPAC expressed concerns over the tensed political mood in the country and the issues securing Police neutrality in 2019 and resolved to seek audience with Inspector General of police to address some of the fears concerning police role during the elections.

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