INEC calls for Electoral Offences Tribunal

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is pushing for the establishment of an Electoral Offences Tribunal (EOT) to accelerate electoral cases. INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega spoke in Abuja when he received the German Ambassador in Nigeria, Dorothee Janetzke Wenzel. Jega said INEC would exploit the planned amendment of the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act, next year, to canvass for the establishment of the special tribunal.

According to him, INEC is eager to prosecute electoral offenders to check impunity that has become a part of the electoral process. He said this is clogging the wheel of the country’s electoral progress. He noted that though INEC has the power to prosecute electoral offenders, the commission, he added, lacks the capacity for successful prosecution because of the large number of electoral offenders and other administrative bottlenecks.


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