The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) criticized the nephew of Osun Governor-elect, Davido for the length of time it took to provide a Certificate of Return.
On his verified Twitter account, the musician had questioned why the Commission had not given the election winner a Certificate of Return after 48 hours as required by law.
Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, responded to Davido’s complaint by saying that the Commission has up to 14 days to provide the winner with the Certificate of Return.
“Those who interfere and play roles in the electoral process should endeavor to acquire a basic understanding of the governing legislative framework that directs and regulates the conduct of elections,” he said.
“The Commission is a public trust established by the Constitution and the law, and it is required to be seen to meet public aspirations for openness and transparency.
“The Commission will keep upholding the fundamental principles of inclusion, transparency, and fairness in the administration of elections and the provision of electoral services.
The Commission will not be influenced by partisan political interests because it is not a political party.
According to Section 72 of the Electoral Act of 2022, every candidate who has been returned by the Returning Officer in an election under the Act must receive a sealed certificate of return at an election in the required form within 14 days.
“On July 18, 2022, the Commission held the Osun Governorship Election. On July 19, 2022, Sunday, the Returning Officer made a declaration and a return.
The majority of the Commission’s staff members who oversaw the election have just arrived back in Abuja.
“The Supervising National Commissioner, who is in charge of delivering the certificate of return, is still in Osun awaiting its delivery.
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“It is uncharitable to imply that the Commission does not wish to award the winner of the election with a Certificate of Return. The Commission made the Declaration and the Return.
“The Commission is not required by law to provide a certificate to any candidate within 48 hours.
Those who have the power to sway public opinion, especially during elections, should endeavor to arm themselves with a basic understanding of the law and the Commission’s processes and procedures.
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