The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said if the new electoral act amendment is passed and President Muhammadu Buhari assent to the bill, there may be some challenges for the commission.

Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, is laying emphasis on the section of the bill that mandates pall political parties to hold their primary elections via direct primary mode.

This move has been rejected by many including the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who described is a retrogression.

“It’s definitely a challenge as the section mandates the INEC to monitor the elections. Although we have offices all over the local government. But the implication is that you are going to monitor those primaries the number of times they will hold.

“It is a huge challenge. We are a constitutional body, the moment the law is passed, we will find a way to work around it,” Okoye said on Channels TV Sunrise Daily monitored by Newsbreakers on Wednesday morning.

He also noted that it is only when the bill is assented to by the president that they can come in. If this is done, it means INEC may battle logistics and costs.

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