INEC Wants The Creation Of Commission To Punish Electoral Offenders

INEC Wants The Creation Of Commission To Punish Electoral Offenders

Following the amendment of the Electoral Act by the Senate, the election timetable earlier released by INEC, where presidential election was meant to come first was altered in a manner to make it now come last.

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today directed the Senate Committee on Banking and Finance, chaired by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, to begin the process of screening the 2 nominees for Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria.

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

Buhari said that he rejected the amendment because of the amendment to the sequence of the election in section 25 of the principal Act.

"Please accept Distinguished Senators, the assurances of my highest consideration".

Following the Senate President's comments, the Senate moved to insert an additional clause to the Motion urging the entire National Assembly to ensure the adequate funding for healthcare across the nation, in-line with the provisions of the National Primary Healthcare Act in the 2018 budget.

According to the sequence passed by the lawmakers, the general elections are to commence with that into the National Assembly, followed by governorship and State House of Assembly.

The warning is coming against the backdrop of the imminent face-off between INEC and the National Assembly over the ordering of the 2019 elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), yesterday, backed the establishment of the National Electoral Offences Commission (NEOC).

Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said the National Assembly has no right to dictate to INEC. From January 2016 and December 2017, we have been taken to court over 400 times, which comes to over 1000 litigations since the 2015 general elections and the number keeps increasing.

He stated that the section guaranteed the INEC to organise, undertake and supervise all the elections as provided in Section 15 (a) of the Third Schedule to the Constitution.

"What they are doing is illegal and unconstitutional". "INEC can not effectively prosecute electoral offenders and, at the same time, focus on our extensive responsibilities under the constitution and the Electoral Act".

"For me, it is not okay".

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