INEC urges National Assembly to speed up amendment to Electoral Act

As part of its preparations for the 2015 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged the National Assembly to expedite action in the process of amending the 2010 Electoral Act to pave the way for a smooth and improved elections and electioneering. INEC had in November last year urged the National Assembly to amend the Electoral Act to enable it disqualify candidates and decide tenure of secretary of the commission, among others. According to an online news medium, Premium Times, INEC in a reminder letter dated June 13, 2013, signed by its Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, listed the sections of the Electoral Act to be amended to include Section 8, 13, 18, 25, 28, 30 and 33. The commission had last week listed some of the sections of the Act as contradictory, stating that some of the sections stipulated that the commission had no right to reject any candidate presented to it for election whereas there were instances where the candidates presented to the commission are not winners of the primary elections that INEC monitored. Though section 31 of the Electoral Act mandates INEC not to reject any name of candidate submitted by political parties for election, section 87 of the Electoral Act insists that all primary elections must be democratic. The commission had complained that the names submitted to it at times were not names that emerged from primary elections that it monitored.


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