The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday said it had so far withdrawn 25 certificates of return issued to some candidates that were earlier declared winners of the 2019 general elections.
It said the withdrawal was based on court orders.
The chairman of the commission’s Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, disclosed this at an event, “Forum on Media Coverage of 2019 General Elections,” held in Enugu.
Okoye said 20 of the 25 certificates of return were withdrawn from candidates of the All Progressives Congress and reissued to other members of the party, while two certificates were withdrawn from candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party and reissued to other PDP members.
He said the remaining three certificates were withdrawn from candidates of both the APC and the PDP, and issued to members of other political parties.
“Before we left INEC national headquarters on Friday; the commission had withdrawn 25 certificates of return from the first owners and presented to their new owners, following court orders to do that,” he said.
Okoye lauded the journalists for their openness and robust engagement with the commission before, during and after the elections.
He added that the media had become critical stakeholders for the success of future elections.
He described the media as the first line of reach of the masses as well as platform for explanation of INEC’s political and electoral decisions.
The President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr Chris Isigozu, said the media enjoyed robust consultations with INEC before, during and after the elections.
Isigozu commended the commission for performing creditably well, given the resources and length of cooperation with other stakeholders involved in the electoral process.