INEC Fails to update labour party House of Assembly candidates’ list on its portal.
It has been gathered from some candidates of the Labour Party in Lagos State, that the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, has refused to update the Labour Party candidates list for the Lagos State house of Assembly, despite several letters written to the commission by the Labour Party.
GNB news also gathered that the authentic list for the state house of Assembly candidates, submitted to INEC since October 28th with several follow up reminders, has still not been updated on the INEC portal.
The names currently reflecting on the INEC portal are different from the verified list of candidates actually contesting and most of names on the INEC portal are said to be nonexistent and are only used to block the authentic candidates from representing those constituencies.
This has been said to appear as efforts towards frustrating the Labour Party and a step towards rigging the forthcoming governorship and state house of assembly elections.
The effect of the alleged action is that if it is not addressed before the elections, the original and actual candidates whose names have not been reflected in the INEC portal, may be discouraged from applying needful measures to defend their votes, thus making it easy for the elections to be rigged in those constituencies.
Labour party has decried the unbearable act by INEC and has called on the commission to do the needful if the elections must be free and fair.
The Labour Party Governorship candidate, Gbadebo Vivour, has also been called upon to treat the issue personally and take it up with INEC to ensure that the authentic names are updated before the elections to avert the grave consequences as he may not achieve victory alone if there are no House of Assembly candidates in their respective constituencies to defend their votes and indirectly, defend the governorship votes of the party.
This is evident in the just concluded presidential elections where most of the
Labour party Federal house of Reps candidates in Lagos, won their constituencies as a result of their availability and relentless efforts in protecting their votes and that of the presidential candidate whereas the Party lost in all the constituencies where there were no candidates for the Federal House of Reps.
This is a wake up call on the Labour Party, its governorship candidate and INEC, to treat the issue as important in order to ensure a free, fair and objective elections.