The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has deemed it imperative to recommend certain amendments to the Electoral Act of 2010 to the federal government for future polls, especially with the 2020 general elections in view.
The electoral body believes that for it to be fully in charge of the conduct of elections at all levels in the country, it needs more powers backed by law. INEC’s recommendations, made by its national chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, are coming at the heels of observed failings of the electoral act. INEC’s national chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu
Original Below are the proposals of the commission submitted to the National Assembly:
- INEC to fully supervise, conduct and choose the dates of elections.
- If need be, the stoppage of registration of voters will be done not less than three months before the poll. 2019 guber elections: List of states taken over, retained, lost by APC, PDP so far
- No member of the agency is allowed to belong to any political parties.
- Funds must be made available to INEC 180 days before an election.
- Powers to suspend all electoral processes in a situation that threatens the lives of citizens and the electorate.
- Forfeiture of office by any political party that fields an unqualified candidate for election
- Political parties to conduct a fresh primary within two weeks of the death of a candidate.
- The establishment of the Independent National Electoral Commission Fund.