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Buhari Writes NASS To Withhold Electoral Act Amendment

Buhari Writes NASS To Withhold Electoral Act Amendment

Urging INEC not to condone such actions, he said, "The Senate in particular would be very anxious, if INEC begins to condone the actions of some political parties".

Saraki also noted that some political aspirants and parties were already campaigning when INEC had yet to declare electioneering open, adding: "The Senate in particular would be very anxious, if INEC begins to condone the actions of some political parties".

Lagos chapter on Tuesday appealed to the National Assembly to fast-track passage of the National Electoral Offences Commission bill.

In a previous report by NAIJ.com, the House of Representatives on Wednesday, February 28, stated that lawmakers would not hesitate to override President Muhammadu Buhari's veto if he refused to agree with the Electoral Act Amendment bill.

"INEC should be cautious of who it is listening to".

"Inasmuch as we continue to defend the institution and the Constitution, it is time that we look at the priorities and understand what is important".

Wondering how INEC could effectively prosecute its staff allegedly involved in electoral offences, he said: "Some of the offenders may be staff of INEC so how do we prosecute them ourselves? We need this country, we love this country", Saraki said.

The Nigerian Senate has cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be wary of opinions of some Nigerians on the amendment of the Electoral Act 2010 because the National Assembly will not tolerate any violation of the constitution.

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The federal lawmakers want their elections to come up first, followed by that of state lawmakers and governors, and lastly the presidential election.

Mr. Yakubu, who expressed support for the establishment of the National Electoral Offences Commission stated that INEC could not effectively prosecute electoral offenders and focus on its enormous responsibilities simultaneously.

Sundiata Post recalls that the bill when passed is aimed at addressing issues that are related to electoral offences.

Yakubu further admitted that failure to enforce sanctions was encouraging impunity and violence that often characterised the country's electoral process and, in effect, subverts the will of the people and undermine the tenets of democracy.

"At present, INEC is saddled with the responsibility of prosecuting electoral offender".

Stakeholders from civil society groups at the event, who gave divergent views on the bill, noted that it would go a long way in providing solutions to electoral offences in line with worldwide best practices. "There are several factors responsible for the inadequate success ranging from the huge prosecutorial task, dependence on other agencies for arrest and investigation, time and resources", he said.

He said that he was in support for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission because INEC would find it hard to efficiently prosecute electoral offenders and focus on its enormous responsibilities simultaneously.

The electoral body's tasks, he said, included registration and regulation of political parties as well as monitoring of parties' congresses and finances, noting that the Secretary of the electoral offences commission should be appointed by the commission and not by the President as being proposed.


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