FEC approves electoral offences bill

FEC approves electoral offences bill

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said the council deliberated on the report of Electoral Reforms Committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari and chaired by former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, to examine various issues including provisions of the Constitution on Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

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According to him, the committee was set up to come up with a report aimed at enhancing the electoral process, entrenching accountability in the conduct of elections and political parties’ affairs, ensuring speedy resolution of pre-election matters and election disputes as well as imposing stiffer penalties on electoral offenders.

According to Malami, the committee proposed the initiation of Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal Bill 2018 and two other bills for onward submission to the National Assembly for enactment.

He also said the committee recommended the proposal of constitutional provisions that would enhance the electoral process, regulate activities of political parties and guarantee the independence of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a way that it cannot be subjected to the manipulation or control of any authority.

Consequently, he said the council approved the review and initiation of Constitution Alteration Bill 2018, Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018, Electoral Offences Commission Bill 2018 with a view to achieving the objectives.

FEC approves electoral offences bill

FEC approves electoral offences bill

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