Fresh amendment to electoral law will jeopardise 2023 elections — Gbajabiamila | Dailytrust

Fresh amendment to electoral law will jeopardise 2023 elections — Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has said making new amendments to the electoral law at this period can disorganise election planning, create unnecessary tension in the polity and raise credibility questions.

He stated this when he received a delegation of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) led by its National Chairman, Engr. Yabagi Sani, in Abuja on Wednesday.

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Gbajabiamila, who was quoted in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said the safest route would be to further amend the act after the elections if the need arose, or in the alternative, aggrieved persons could approach the judiciary to seek an interpretation of any contentious provisions.

He called for patience, urging parties to seize the opportunity of the upcoming polls to fully test the act and determine the success of innovations such as electronic transmission of results and the deployment of the BIVAS, among others.

Speaking, IPAC’s National Chairman, Engr. Yabagi Sani, said there were concerns over alleged flouting of Section 31 of the Electoral Act by the Independent National Electoral Commission, funding of political parties, and the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission.

Other issues include; electronic collation of election results, in addition to the electronic transmission of results, and the call for a change in the process of appointing the chairman of INEC.

 

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