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    House of Reps probes violation of electoral act in Nigeria

    APA-Abuja (Nigeria)

    Nigeria’s House of Representatives commenced an investigation into alleged violation of the Electoral Act by political parties in the recently concluded primaries to choose candidates for the 2019 general elections.

    The House, which set up an ad hoc committee to look into the matter, also charged the panel to determine whether the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) colluded with the parties to flout the Electoral Act in the conduct of the primaries.

    The resolution was sequel to a motion titled: ”Lack of internal democracy in the conduct of party primaries towards 2019 elections” moved by Rep. Abubakar Adamu at a plenary presided over by Speaker Yakubu Dogara in Abuja.

    The just-concluded primaries across party lines were said to be characterised by imposition, substitution, extortion, lack of transparency and other malpractices during the conduct.

    Adamu condemned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for what he described as ”the lack of internal democracy” in the conduct of the elections.

    Adamu accused the parties of failing to adhere to the provisions of their constitutions and the Electoral Act with regard to the conduct of primaries.

    “Some parties brazenly refused to hold primaries in contravention of Section 87 (10) of the Electoral Act, which makes it mandatory for parties to hold primaries, thereby leading to crisis in some state chapters of political parties.

    “Governors in many states interfered with the elections by either imposing their preferred stooges as candidates on the parties and ensured that some aspirants were denied the right to participate or were shortchanged in the elections after paying huge amounts to obtain nomination forms,” he said.

    He argued that if legislative measures were not adopted to address the trend, ”the National Assembly may, in the nearest future, be the assemblage of governors’ stooges to the detriment of our democracy and the interest of the electorate”.


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