Independent National Electoral Commission inaugurates Election Petitions committee

The Independent National Electoral Commission-INEC has inaugurated a committee on Management of Election Petitions with a charge to provide ways of improving the nation’s electoral process.

Inaugurating the committee in Abuja, the acting chairperson of INEC, Amina Zakari, urged the committee members to put in their best in the discharge of their duties for the benefit of Nigerians.

Zakari expressed concern over frequent election litigation that join INEC as a respondent, with its officials constantly testifying and provide election materials to numerous election tribunals at enormous cost to the commission, adding that the 13-man committee was expected to employ all modalities appropriately to achieve its terms of reference within two months.

The committee’s terms of reference, according to Zakari, are to monitor the on-going cases of election petitions and identify the challenges encountered by the petitioners, INEC, respondents, and the witnesses, assess the cost of managing election petitions, as well as to report on the conduct of INEC staff and private legal practitioners representing the commission in petitions, among others.

She said the committee’s report and recommendations would be subjected to wider circulation in order to fine tune and incorporate them into the commission’s processes.



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