2015: INEC Wants Role of Military in Election Limited
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday backed an amendment of the Electoral Act which constitutionally limits the role of the Nigerian Armed Forces in elections.
Presenting its position yesterday during a one-day House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters Public Hearing on the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act, its chairman, Attahiru Jega backed the amendment of Section 29(1) of the Electoral Act which inserts a new paragraph(b) that limits the role of the military to “securing the distribution and delivery of electoral materials”.
The new paragraph(b) reads in part: “The commission shall be responsible for requesting for the deployment of relevant security personnel necessary for elections or registration of voters and shall assign them in the manner determined by the commission in consultation with the relevant security agencies.
Jega also foreclosed any hope of electronic and diaspora voting in the 2015 elections. Again, INEC asked the National Assembly to extend the time for conduct of run-off elections for the offices of President and Governor from seven days to 21 days.
He stated that while INEC was seeking constitutional amendments to allow for electronic and diaspora voting, it can only be adopted in “subsequent elections” from 2015.
“It will be difficult for INEC to prepare adequately for the process. There is simply no time to do that; we will not be able to do electronic voting in whatever form on or before the 2015 elections,” Jega told the Hon Jerry Manwe-led House Committee on Electoral Matters.
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