Electoral Reform Committee Recommends Electoral Offences Commission, Independent Candidate, Others

The Constitution and Electoral Reform Committee headed by Senator Ken Nnamani on Tuesday submitted its report and draft bills on the establishment of Electoral offences Commission, Independent candidate and Constituency Delimitation Centre to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
The report which also includes draft bills on the amendment of relevant provisions of the Constitution, amendment of the Electoral Act, establishment of political parties, also raised hope of another amendment to Constitution of the Republic of Nigeria 1999.
Receiving the report, Malami (SAN) noted that the Committee recommendations will guide the Federal Government in preparing various proposals for further amendment of the Constitution to improve electoral system in Nigeria.
He said the Committee made recommendations on how to strengthen the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the participation of independent candidates in elections and management of political parties.
Malami further disclosed that the recommendation also dealt with the irritating issue of electoral offences, management of electoral dispute resolution and specific legal provisions impacting on the electoral process as well as issues affecting the State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs).
Other recommendations dealt with in the report include use of technology in election, voting in Diaspora and special access for persons with disabilities.
The Minister of Justice said that it is the wish of Buhari’s administration to change the unethical way in which electoral officers have managed elections in the past.
According to the Minister, the Federal Government has taken steps to remove all those who collected money to frustrate 2015 general election, adding that, “so far 200 INEC officials have been suspended while some are under investigation and prosecution.”
He assured that the Committee’s report and draft amendment bills will be submitted to the President immediately for consideration and onward transmission to the National Assembly.
In his remarks while submitting the report, Nnamani said the committee attached the four drafts bills as part of its report to hastened the amendment of relevant provisions of the Constitution.
The draft bills would enhance the Electoral Act, establishment of political parties, Electoral offences Commission and establishment of Constituency Delimitation Centre, he said.

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