Ahead of Anambra Gubernatorial Polls, the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to descale the use of academics especially professors that are not sufficiently skilled in elections management practices.
Dr. Leonard Nzenwa, IPAC National Chairman, gave the advice on Monday while speaking in Abuja during the quarterly consultative meeting with INEC.
He said management and staffers of the Commision should be deployed for elections as many of them are equipped to undertake this task.
He urged the Commission to put its best leg forward to conduct the governorship poll in such a manner that no one will be left in doubt the that the Commission have come of age and means to enthrone transpirant and credible elections in the country.
He said, those beating the drums of war and those threatening to rig the election should be apprehended and handed over the law enforcement agencies, adding that already, a notable figure amongst these candidates has been boosting that he is going to rig the elections as nobody would stop him.
Speaking further, Nzenwa said conflicting Judgments from Court of competent jurisdiction in the country on political matters have become embarrassing and theatrical.
The IPAC also expressed its support for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to continue to develop and use deep-end technology to enhance the nation’s electoral process.
According to him, “the pillar to post legal assault on one another and forum shopping by litigants and lawyers is not helping our political processes neither is it conferring any level of dignity on our democratic journey.”
The leaders of the political parties admitted that it will be difficult for INEC or any political party to make any meaningful progress when pulled on all sides by legal ambushment as currently faced by many political parties and the Commission.
Nzenwa said, “It’s our greatest desire, even as we apply our greatest might to steer clear of litigation as its proven over time that it has neither helped the growth of our nascent democracy or positioned our political parties to be effective drivers of democracy and the culture it needs to grow it.”
On the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, he said those beating the drums of war and those threatening to rig the election should be apprehended and handed over the law enforcement agencies.
On use of technology for elections, he said, “We all too quickly forgot that Introduction of the Z-pad which enhanced task of transfering of elections information details from voting centers and introduction of other administrative innovations were largely responsible for the successful conduct of the Edo and Ondo Gubernatorial Polls which made these elections to be adjudged to be credible and fair particularly the Edo one.”