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INEC seeks Electoral Offences Tribunal

by on April 5, 2017
 
The Chairman of In­dependent National Electoral Commis­sion (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu yester­day called on the federal government to set up the Electoral Offences Tribu­nal to handle all the cases involving violators of the country’s elections ahead of the 2019 General Elec­tions.
Yakubu said this at the unveiling of the Com­mission’s 4-year strategic plan in Abuja. He said the Commission is saddled with so many responsi­bilities in the conduct of the required free, fair and credible election in the country, stressing that INEC will do better than it is currently doing if certain roles in the elec­tion process are removed from it.
The INEC Chairman noted that the recent de­cision of the Commission to give a fixed timetable for general election in the country was to ensure that there is enough time for both INEC and stake­holders to prepare ad­equately for the elections.
He expressed the hope that the strategic plan would help stakeholders to understand the work­ing of the Commission and its plans for enhanc­ing the conduct of elec­tions in the country.
“We had some dif­ficult re-run elections; one of it was in Michika State constituency in Kano. The severity of the violence in that election was such that we had to invoke Section 26 of the Electoral Act to suspend the election. In that elec­tion, we worked with the police and prosecuted 40 electoral offenders, the highest number of re­corded prosecution in the history of INEC.
“We have been work­ing with the police since we came on board, we received 127 electoral of­fences files nationwide. Also, we have so far suc­cessfully prosecuted 61 electoral offenders. After what happened in Riv­ers, the Director of Pub­lic Prosecution of the federation is currently prosecuting 23 staff of the Commission; we have already invoked the terms and condition in the em­ployment of the affected staff by suspending and placing all of them on half salary, pending the deter­mination of their cases. We are also going to do the same thing on the 202 staff that being tried by the Economic and Finan­cial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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