Political parties call for abolition of state electoral bodies

Political parties in Nigeria under the aegis of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) have called for the abolition of State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) in the country.

Political parties call for abolition of state electoral bodies

Political parties in Nigeria under the aegis of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) have called for the abolition of State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) in the country.

This is contained in a statement signed by the national publicity secretary of IPAC, Chief Ogbuehi Dike, and made available to newsmen in Abuja, yesterday.

According to the statement, IPAC made the proposal in a memorandum submitted to the Presidential Constitution and Electoral Reform Committee led by Senator Ken Nnamani in which IPAC proposed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should conduct all local government, state and national elections in Nigeria on dates to be agreed upon with political parties.

The political parties also proposed the extension of campaigns from 90 days to 366 days and stiffer penalty against partiality in the use of public media for political campaigns.

The IPAC memorandum which was prepared in collaboration with International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) also advocated for Electronic Voting System (EVS), removal of age limit for aspirants seeking political offices, creation of electoral offences commission with powers to investigate and prosecute breaches of relevant electoral provisions and unbundling of INEC by having a commission on Elections, Party Registration and Monitoring, Voter Education and Delineation of polling units.

 

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