- The National Assembly will soon be approached by the Independent National Electoral Commission over early passage of the Electoral Offences Commission Bill
- INEC says it will canvass the National Assembly for early passage of the bill
- According to INEC, the creation of the offences commission will stem the tide of impunity in the electoral process in the country
The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it will soon approach the National Assembly to canvass for early passage of the Electoral Offences Commission Bill.
The electoral umpire, which made the disclosure on Thursday, March 28, said the creation of the offences commission would stem the tide of impunity in the electoral process in the country, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng gathers that INEC national commissioner in charge of information and voter education, Chief Festus Okoye, said that the commission wants those who deliberately and maliciously corrupt the electoral process to be punished in accordance with the law.
Okoye said the absence of clearly defined institution that should be responsible for the arrest, investigation and prosecution of electoral offenders has led to heightened electoral offences.
He said: “It has led to the maiming and killing of ad-hoc staff without sanctions. We are fast approaching a point where parents and guardians will not be willing to release their sons and daughters doing their national youth service to participate in the electoral process because no parent or guardian will agree to release their ward to be harassed, maimed or killed in the name of national service.
“Non participation of our best and brightest, fresh from tertiary institutions will leave the commission with the option of harvesting its ad-hoc staff from sources whose loyalty to the national cause is questionable.
“The situation must, therefore, be stemmed for the future of the electoral process and the health of our democracy.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, March 27 issued a certificate of return to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and his deputy, Chief Ude Chukwu.
Ikpeazu won the governorship election for a second tenure on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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