â¦ I want a special commission to deal with infringements
By Tordue Salem
The House of Representatives will examine in a few days a bill establishing a special commission to prosecute electoral offenses arising from the upcoming elections.
The bill, obtained exclusively by Vanguard, is titled âElection Offenses Commission and Tribunal Bill, 2021â.
The bill, sponsored by Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers), in a proposed Part 3, states in part that âthe Commission shall investigate, enforce and prosecute all electoral malfeasance and electoral offenses created under the Constitution, the law election and any other law.
âNotify electoral entities of any changes in practices, systems or procedures compatible with the effective exercise of the functions of electoral entities that the commission deems appropriate to reduce the likelihood or incidence of electoral and related offenses; adopt measures to identify, trace and prosecute cases of thugs, electoral fraud, political terrorism and related offenses.
The amendment also seeks to “adopt measures to prevent and eradicate the commission of electoral malfeasance, including coordination, preventive and regulatory actions, the introduction of investigative and monitoring techniques, and collaboration with election observers inside and outside Nigeria â.
The bill also aims to âfacilitate the exchange of scientific and technical information with other democracies in the conduct of joint operations and training aimed at eradicating electoral fraud and malfeasance; inform and educate the public on matters relating to electoral and related offenses and carry out any other activities that are necessary or expedient for the full exercise of all or part of the functions conferred on it under this Act or conferred on it by a law of the National Assembly. “
It also states that âthe Commission has the power to investigate and prosecute any person suspected of having conspired or attempted to commit or has committed an electoral offense or an offense under the Constitution, this law, the law election or any other law “
The bill seeks to “examine the practices, systems and procedures of any electoral entity and where, in the opinion of the Constitution, such practices, systems or procedures assist or facilitate electoral offenses, to advise on the means by which the Election offenses can be eliminated or minimized by this entity.
A new electoral law, currently before the National Assembly, seeks to fundamentally reform the electoral system in the country.
The House resumed plenary on Tuesday, to continue deliberations on key amendments for a new electoral order.
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