Reprint ballot papers to accommodate us or postpone elections – new party tells INEC

INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega

Young Democratic Party,‎ a new party which a court compelled the Independent National Electoral Commission to recognise, has said the electoral body should either reprint the ballot papers to include it for the coming general elections or postpone the polls.

The stance of the party may have boosted ongoing efforts to scuttle the forthcoming elections.

A Federal High Court in Abuja, Wednesday, ordered INEC to recognise YDP and accommodate it in the forthcoming elections that are about four weeks away.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Thursday, the party’s Publicity Secretary, Ugo Nwofor, said INEC “has just two options,” adding that the party was ready for the elections.

The conditions, according to Mr. Nwofor, include reprinting the ballot papers to accommodate the party and its candidates.‎

But if INEC does not have “appropriation for logistics‎” for reprinting the ballot papers, Mr. Nwofor issued the second option which was that, “lNEC should postpone the elections to accommodate our party.”

But ‎INEC has withheld its response to the development, saying it does not have the court document ordering it to recognise YDP yet.

This was stated by both INEC Director of Voter Education, Osaze Uzzi and the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu.

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