- INEC has declared that any lawmaker who defects to another party must lose his seat
- Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman, made this known on Friday, November 7
- The INEC boss said the tribunal should be given powers to arrest, investigate and prosecute electoral offenders
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that lawmakers in the national and state Houses of Assembly should be barred from defecting from one party to another while in office.
TheCable reports that the electoral body made the suggestion on Friday, November 6, in Abuja at the presentation of its "Report of the 2019 general election."
Legit.ng reports that the defectors should lose their seats except in the case of a merger of two or more parties, adding that the constitution should be amended to back the recommendation.
INEC also made other proposals including the “creation of electoral offences commission and tribunal with powers to arrest, investigate and prosecute electoral offenders; automation of the nomination process to facilitate the storage, access and retrieval of candidates’ data."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, said the body is putting every plan in place to use electronic voting in the forthcoming Anambra state election.
It was reported that the INEC boss revealed while speaking on Wednesday, November 4, that the Anambra governorship election would hold in 2021 with N1 billion budgeted for the poll.
In another report, Festus Okoye, the INEC's national commissioner and chairman of information and voter education committee, on Thursday, November 5, disclosed that many of the body's facilities were damaged by miscreants during the EndSARS protests.
Okoye revealed that the hoodlums stretched their destruction to parts of the country where bye-elections have been scheduled to be held.
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