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Senate Okays Electoral Offences Commission Bill

On Tuesday, the National Assembly (Senate) passed a bill seeking to establish the Electoral Offences Commission and 20-year jail term for candidates caught snatching ballot materials. This is coming after the consideration of a report by the Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission, under the Chairmanship of Senator Kabiru Gaya. During the presentation, Sen. Gaya…”
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July 13, 2021 11:32 pm

On Tuesday, the National Assembly (Senate) passed a bill seeking to establish the Electoral Offences Commission and 20-year jail term for candidates caught snatching ballot materials.

This is coming after the consideration of a report by the Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission, under the Chairmanship of Senator Kabiru Gaya.

During the presentation, Sen. Gaya said the bill became imperative in view of INEC’s inability to prosecute electoral offenders in accordance with the provisions of a section 149 and 150(2) of the Electoral Act (as Amended).

According to him, as a result of electoral flaws in the system, the Justice Uwais Electoral Committee; Sheik Nurudeen Lemu Committee; and Constitution and Electoral Reform Committee were constituted.

He recalled that the Committees in their final reports recommended that for INEC to function efficiently, some of the functions currently performed by it should be assigned to other agencies.

The Senate during consideration of the INEC Committee report, approved the establishment of the National Electoral Offences Commission.

The Commission’s membership consists of the Chairman, Secretary and representatives from the Justice, Interior, Defence, and Information Ministries.

The function of the Commission includes investigating electoral Offences created in any laws relating to elections in Nigeria; prosecution of electoral offenders; and maintaining records of all persons investigated and prosecuted.

Others are to liaise with the Attorney-General of the Federation and government security and law enforcement bodies and agencies in the discharge of its duties; liaise with other bodies within and outside Nigeria involved in the investigation or prosecution of electoral Offences; and adopting measures to prevent, minimize and eradicate electoral Offences throughout the federation.

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