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INEC REC Accuses National Assembly Of Flouting Int’l Practices

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The Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Akwa Ibom state, Mike Igini, has accused members of the National Assembly of flouting international best practices in relation to the amendment of the 2010 electoral law (as amended).

In an interview with the Punch, Igini, a lawyer, stated that by international best practices, the electoral law of a country is not expected to be amended a year before the elections.

According to him, the lawmakers are tinkering with the electoral law at this time to “obviate partisan amendments.”

“The amendments to the Constitution and Electoral Act are still work in progress. The Senate had passed its version but it is waiting for the lower chamber where there is a delay at the moment.  Meanwhile, they have this (last) month (January) by international best practices which frown on tinkering with electoral laws a year before the election date, to obviate partisan amendments”, Igini said.

The Akwa Ibom REC also stated that the electoral commission awaited the Senate’s confirmation of the full complement of Resident Electoral Commissioners, and also the passage of the amendments of the electoral law to cover issues such as election security and corrupt electoral practices.

Igini said, “Issues around election security and the need for absolute security neutrality as well as the need to avoid manipulation of the electoral process from corruption, violence and other uncertainties are expected to be addressed in the fresh amendment proposals before the federal parliament.”

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