INEC SEEKS ELECTORAL OFFENCES COMMISSION BEFORE 2019 POLL

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has 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.

This is just as the Commission said it recorded 1,080 cases of electoral offences arising from the 2015 general elections and subsequent bye-elections.

He stated that 124 of the cases were filed and 60 convictions secured in various courts across the country.

INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu expressed dismay that reports of the Electoral Reform Committee 2008, and the Post-election Violence 2011 have been left to gather dusts on the shelves.

Professor Yakubu bemoaned the fact that though it has the powers to prosecute, INEC lacked the powers to effect the arrest of electoral offenders, a situation he said, has continued to hamper effective prosecution of offenders.

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