ByÂ Â Emman Ovuakporie
ABUJAâ€”The National Democratic Party, NDP, has threatened to goÂ to court this morning to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from conducting the scheduled 6 February 2010 governorship election in Anambra State over what it described as the illegal composition of the apex electoral body.
In a chat with Vanguard yesterday, Chairman ofÂ NDP, Prince ChudeÂ Chukwuani, said the present composition of the national electoral body does not reflect true federal character, as there are only three members currently running the commission instead of 12 commissioners.
Prince Chukwuani said â€œour protest is genuine as you have two commissioners among the three from the South East, while one is from the South West, does this reflect true federal character? Where are other zones of the country?
â€œWe are going to court to contest this lopsidedness as Section 159 spells it out as to how the commission should be constituted.Â Â What they are doing all along is illegal, it does not have constitutional backing. But in a quick reaction, Director, Public Affairs of the commission, Mr Emmanuel Umenger, armed with the constitution, defended the operations of the body, saying â€œall the commission has been doing is legal, as currently the apex electoral body has four members and what is required is one third of the entire members to form a quorum in all meetings.
“The constitution did not make provision for depletion of members. Not until new members are appointed, there is nothing we can do than to follow the law as stipulated by this constitution. We have conducted other elections without problems and we used the same apparatus, hinging everything we do with the provisions of the constitution, not outside it. “Even the Section 159 stipulates that one third of the members in reference to Section 153 is what is r
equired to form a quorum.â€