- INEC has asked the federal government for more powers to effectively conduct future elections
- The commission demanded more funds from the government
- Added to these, the agency recommended the amendment of the Electoral Act before the 2023 general polls
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has deemed it imperative to recommend certain amendments to the Electoral Act of 2010 to the federal government for future polls, especially with the 2020 general elections in view.
The electoral body believes that for it to be fully in charge of the conduct of elections at all levels in the country, it needs more powers backed by law.
INEC's recommendations, made by its national chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, are coming at the heels of observed failings of the electoral act.
Below are the proposals of the commission submitted to the National Assembly:
1. INEC to fully supervise, conduct and choose the dates of elections.
2. If need be, the stoppage of registration of voters will be done not less than three months before the poll.
3. No member of the agency is allowed to belong to any political parties.
4. Funds must be made available to INEC 180 days before an election.
5. Powers to suspend all electoral processes in a situation that threatens the lives of citizens and the electorate.
6. Forfeiture of office by any political party that fields an unqualified candidate for election
7. Political parties to conduct a fresh primary within two weeks of the death of a candidate.
8. The establishment of the Independent National Electoral Commission Fund.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Yoruba Summit Group had called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prioritise the agitation for restructuring by Nigerians.
In a communique issued after a meeting on Saturday, July 25, the group said President Buhari must restructure Nigeria fiscally and structurally before the 2023 general elections in the interest of national peace and unity.
The group warned that self-determination would be the next option should the Nigerian government fail to implement restructuring.
Legit.ng gathered that the meeting was attended by Yoruba leaders such as Pa Rueben Fasoranti; Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Prof. Banji Akintoye, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu and Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams.
According to the Yoruba leaders, the current federal structure could no longer sustain the unity of the country. They also claimed that Southern Nigerian alone “contributes 90 percent of the country’s revenue to the federation account.”
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