Sunday Ode, Abuja
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday approved three proposed Executive Bills for onward transmission to the National Assembly to enhance the country’s electoral process.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami who disclosed this after the weekly FEC meeting said the Federal Government has proposed the Electoral Offenses Commission and Tribunal Establishment Bill for consideration by the legislature.
Briefing State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, Malami said the decision was a fallout of the report of the Electoral Reforms Committee led by former Senate President Ken Nnamani.
The other executive bills being proposed by the Federal Government are the Constitution Alteration BIll, 2018 and the Electoral Act amendment BIll 2018.
Giving details of council’s approval, the AGF noted that “the Electoral Reforms committee was formed by the President under the Chairmanship of the former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, to look at the provisions of the Constitution Alteration on Electoral Act Amendment BIll, 2017, with the view to enhance the electoral process,
The committee’s work, he said, was also “to entrench accountability in the conduct of the elections and political parties affairs and to ensure speedy resolution of pre- ejection matters and election disputes as well as. stiffer penalties on electoral offenders.
Malami said the “Electoral offenses Commission and Tribunal establishments Bill, 2018, is proposed for submission to the National Assembly. He explained that “Provisions in the Constitutions are proposed to enhance the electoral process and regulations political parties.
According to the minister who was joined at the briefing by the Minister of Budget and National Planning Udoma Udo Udoma, will the passage of these three bills, the Independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be enhanced. INEC with the proposed bill will also no longer be subjects to the directives or control of any authority, he asserted.
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