By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu said out of the 124 electoral offences of the 2015 general Elections only 60 convictions have been achieved.
Prof Yakubu stated this at a public hearing on the National Electoral Offences Commission Establishment Bill 2021 (SB 220) in Abuja.
The INEC chairman said the commission when established will go a long way in addressing electoral violence, electoral thuggery and all forms of electoral misconduct with a view to making Nigeria’s electoral process better.
He therefore, commended members of the committee for ensuring that the bill sees the light of the day.
Also speaking, the chairman of the committee Senator Kabiru Gaya said the bill for the establishment of the commission is a major recommendation of the Sheik Lemu and Justice Uwais committee reports which according to him will change the narrative of our electoral process and will help in adopting measures that would minimise or eliminate electoral offences.
In their separate remarks, the president of the senate who was represented by the Senate minority whip senator Philip Aduda and the speaker of the House of Representatives who was also represented by the leader of the House, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa said the bill if passed and accented to by the President will help to strengthen the nation’s electoral laws by providing a system that serves as a deterrent for electoral offenders adding that it is a right step for the growth of our democracy.
Other stakeholders at the public hearing include representatives from NYSC, security agencies and civil society organisations among others.