- Among structures needed in place by INEC for the smooth conduct of 2023 general elections is the Electoral Amendment Bill
- This was Prof. Attahiru Jega's major point during a town hall meeting convened by YIAGA in Abuja on Sunday, January 16
- The former INEC boss told President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the bill early enough for INEC to hit the ground running
Abuja - A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill on time.
During a town hall meeting organised by YIAGA in Abuja on Sunday, January 17, Jega stated that INEC needs the law in place to begin serious preparations for the 2023 elections.
He admitted that some issues in the bill need clarification, but added that other aspects of the document deserve the president's nod, Guardian reports.
Going back memory lane, the former INEC boss stated that since 2010, Nigeria has not had any notable improvement in its electoral laws, Daily Trust added.
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Based on this, Jega advised President Buhari to hasten the decision-making process and assent to the bill.
“I believe Nigeria should go into the next elections with a new law as there are many good things in the bill that will improve the integrity and conduct of elections.
“As I have said earlier, since 2010, we have not had significant improvement in the electoral framework.
“Speaking on direct and indirect primaries, some people believe that governors do influence the outcome of indirect primaries and some feel direct primaries is a way out of this, but the question is, how many parties have credible registers of members?"
Meanwhile, Jega had said that there was a need for a short-term restructuring in Nigeria.
According to him, this restructuring must be carried out before the general elections in 2023. He insisted that this will help address some of the challenges facing the country.
However, he accused the National Assembly and the federal government of lacking the political will to restructure the country.
Jega stated this at the 2021 Public Lecture he delivered at the Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State, on Tuesday evening titled, “Towards stabilising the Nigeria federation.”