OrderPaperToday – The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmud Yakubu, has disclosed that the body is currently battling with 1616 cases in different courts arising from the 2019 general elections.

He made this known on Wednesday when he appeared at the maiden meeting of the Senate committee on INEC.

Asked on how the Commission funds it’s litigations, Yakubu said it makes provisions based on projections of cases while using in-house lawyers who are not adequate for the huge number of court cases.

He said: “For instance, on the conduct of primaries by political parties alone in 2019 general elections, we were dragged to court over 800 times.

“We have over 809 cases on pre-election matters and we have 807 cases on post election litigations. We are looking at over 1,600 cases in court. Even yesterday, on the conduct of primaries for Bayelsa and Kogi, we have three fresh cases.”

According to the head of electoral body, the law hinders early conduct of primaries.

“The pressure is simply much and under our laws, there is no time. In the 2019 general elections, we process over 24,000 nominations within a very short period of time”, he said.

Yakubu dismissed claims that INEC has funding problems for the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.

He noted that there are allocations in the body’s budget and not the general elections budget.

On deregisteration of political parties, he said that such can only be done when litigation cases have ended.

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