IPAC to make inputs into Electoral Act amendment
The Inter-party Advisory Council has expressed its readiness to contribute to the amendment to the Electoral Act being proposed in the 9th National Assembly.
The council, which has over 91 political parties as members, said it would meet with the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-agege, on the matter in January 2020.
The President of IPAC, Chief Peter Ameh, stated this in Abuja during an interview with The PUNCH.
he was answering questions on whether the council would sponsor any bill in the 9th National Assembly on the amendment to the nation’s electoral law.
Ameh said, “We are waiting for their (lawmakers’) public hearing and we will take our own bill there. We will just take our own as an addendum to what Ovie Omo-agege is already sponsoring on electoral amendment.
“This year, we prepared a copy of our solutions to electoral and constitutional issues. We are going to forward the bill to Omo-agege with a covering letter and try to have a meeting with him. We all know he is trying to present it at the public hearing on the amendment.
“We are going to meet him early next year, as from January, because this time it is already late and we are very busy. We will meet him to discuss and add our input on how to end electoral violence in Nigeria.”
The PUNCH reported that among the recommendations by IPAC in the proposed bill sighted by our correspondent include the abolition of the State Independent Electoral Commissions which it described as “the greatest democratic fraud foisted on Nigeria’s democracy.”
Another recommendation is the amendment of Section 162(5)-(7) of the constitution to abolish the Joint State/local Government Account.
“Section 162(5)-(7) of the Constitution should be amended to abolish the Joint State/local Government Account. Section 162(5)-(7) of the Constitution should be further amended to provide that any amount standing to the credit of the local government councils in the Federation Account should be paid directly to the various local governments.
“Section 7 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) relating to the place of local governments as the third tier of government should be amended to specifically guarantee the existence, establishment, structure, composition, finance, functions and tenure of local governments under the Constitution,” IPAC stated.
According to IPAC, the conduct of LG elections should become the responsibility of the Independent National Electoral Commission and not SIECS.
IPAC added, “The current system encourages massive rigging because SIECS are under the whims and caprices of the state governments and the political party in power in each state across Nigeria.”
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