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APC, others call for independence of SIECs

09 January 2014, 15:06

Abuja -  Lai Mohammed, the Interim National Secretary, All Progressives Congress (APC), has called for the review of the law establishing State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) in the country.

He made the call on Wednesday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Mohammed said that the review became necessary to ensure that SIECs were independent and transparent in the conduct of local government polls and for the electorate to have a true representation.

He urged the Federal Government to consider Justice Uwais Committee's report with a view to finding lasting solution to electoral related problems confronting the country.

NAN recalls that the 22-member committee submitted its report, on electoral reform in December 2008

The committee among other things identified administrative problem as the bane of electoral system in Nigeria and recommended the unbundling of electoral bodies in the country.

It also recommended that INEC and SIECs be split into three commissions to enhance checks and balances on every stakeholder in electoral process.

The proposed commissions it said, should be Political Parties Registration and Regulatory Commission; Constituency Delimitation Commission and the Electoral Offences Commission.

Also speaking with NAN, Rafiu Salau, National Secretary, Alliance for Democracy (AD), stressed the need for political stakeholders to ensure the transparency of SIECs.

"The outcome of local government election always shows that the party in power gets more than 95 per cent of the votes in all the local governments of the state.

"This has made some electorate to lose confidence in local government polls.

 "The turnout of voters in local government elections is always poor in Nigeria compare to elections at state and federal levels.

Adejobi Peters, FCT Chairman, Labour Party also called on SIECs to conduct elections in a way that people at the grassroots would have “true representation” to bring about good governance. 

-  NAN


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