A National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mr. Soyebi Adedeji has revealed that since the 2015 general elections, INEC has been dragged to court over 1000 time due to lack of parties internal democracy.
Adedeji who made the disclosure during the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Dialogue Session on Osun Election, urged parties to respect the laws they made for themselves as well as he constitution.
Adedeji said that 46 out of the 91 registered political parties had notified the commission about their primaries and when their activities would pick up.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]The commissioner said that the call for parties to respect the law they made in their parties became necessary in order to forestall too many legal cases after elections.[/penci_blockquote]
The commissioner who urged the parties to follow and respect their rules since they made it to ensure internal democracy and respect for their constitutions, called on CSOs to partner with INEC to monitor the activities of the parties to ensure that they played according to the rules.
The commissioner said that the call for parties to respect the law they made in their parties became necessary in order to forestall too many legal cases after elections.
He said that INEC has trained ad hoc staff and had made relevant preparations for the Osun election, adding that the secrecy of balloting was also being looked at.
Convener, Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, a coalition of civil society organisations, Mr. Clement Nwankwo, assured INEC of its support in ensuring free, fair and credible elections.
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Nwankwo said that the legislation on electoral offences should be passed if executive was serious about good governance and called for the passage of other bills relating to elections to strengthen the process.
He also called for the neutrality of security agents during elections, adding that a partisan law enforcement organisation could undermine credible election process.
The event was supported by the British Department for International Development (DFID) and the UKaid to promote credible elections in Nigeria.