The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC says it has withdrawn 25 Certificates-of-Return issued to some candidates that won during the 2019 General Elections, following court orders.
The Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee Festus Okoye, said this at a `Forum on Media Coverage of 2019 General Elections’ held in Enugu.
Okoye noted that 20 of the 25 certificates-of-return were withdrawn from All Progressive Congress, APC members to other APC members; while two from People Democratic Party, PDP members were withdrawn and issued to other PDP members. He said that the other three were withdrawn from APC and PDP; and given to other political parties.
Okoye however lauded the media for its openness and robust engagement with the commission before, during and after the election, adding that the media had become critical stakeholders for the success of future elections. He noted that the media had become the first line of reach of the masses as well as platform for explanation of INEC political and electoral decisions.