Senate urges INEC to sanction persons or parties acting against electoral laws

As the 2019 general election draws near, the Senate’s Joint Committee on INEC and Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters has urged the National Electoral Commission -INEC, to exercise its powers and sanction persons or parties acting against the electoral laws.

This call was made by the Senate President Bukola Saraki, while speaking at a public hearing on the bill seeking to establish the National Electoral Offences Commission, in Abuja.

Saraki, who was represented by the Deputy Majority Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, lamented that some political aspirants and parties were already campaigning when INEC had yet to declare electioneering open.

Na’Allah further warned the Commission against being misguided on the extent of the powers of the National Assembly in the amendment to the Electoral Act 2010, adding that the National Assembly had powers to legislate over the electoral body and other agencies of government.

The Chairman of INEC, Mahmoud Yakubu, called on the National Assembly and other stakeholders to expedite action on the bill to establish the National Electoral Offences Commission/Tribunal ahead of the 2019 general elections, adding that the electoral umpire currently had about 1,080 cases in courts relating to the 2015 general elections.

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