Senate Passes Electoral Offences Commission Bill – Pointloaded
September 21, 2021
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Senate Passes Electoral Offences Commission Bill

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, July 13 2021, passed the National Electoral Offences Commission Bill which if assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, will be charged with investigating electoral offences as well as prosecuting electoral offenders.

The electoral offences commission bill which came up for the third reading during Tuesday’s plenary session will ensure that when established, the National Electoral Offences Commission, shall have the power to assign and maintain investigators, prosecutors and experts to prosecute electoral offenders.

The Chairman of the Committee on INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya said the creation of the commission is critical because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lacks the needed human capacity to prosecute electoral offences committed across polling units in Nigeria.

“No doubt, electoral offences remain a significant threat to credible, free and fair elections in Nigeria, where elections heighten political tension and trigger violence,” he said.

“It is also a decisive deterrence through efficient criminal prosecutions in the strategy for defecting electoral offenders.

“The above underscores the necessity of an active justice system for the prosecution of electoral offenders, which remains critical in ensuring a decrease in the level of electoral impunity and a reversal in the persistent trend of electoral offences.”

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