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We’ll review Electoral Act to end frivolous lawsuit – Barau

The Deputy Senate President, Senator Barau Jibrin, has stated that the 10th National Assembly would review the Electoral Act to ensure frivolous cases do not…

The Deputy Senate President, Senator Barau Jibrin, has stated that the 10th National Assembly would review the Electoral Act to ensure frivolous cases do not make it to courts.

Jibrin, who spoke at the national conference of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN) Tuesday, said the reforms would aim at ensuring that only genuine grievances proceed to tribunals while maintaining access to justice.

“The 10th Senate will consider proposals to increase requirements for filing election petitions, impose punitive costs for unmeritorious cases, expand the time limit for determining petitions, among others,” he assured.

He added that the frivolous litigation have significantly strain the judicial system and threaten to undermine the integrity of the electoral process.

Jibrin, who was represented at the event by his Special Adviser on Policy and Monitoring, Professor Bashir Mohammed Fagge, lamented the situation whereby the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) allocated part of its budget for legal matters, including cost of election tribunals and resolution of electoral disputes.

 

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