OrderPaperToday – A member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Victor Akinjo, has sided with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on early work on the country’s electoral law to correct shortfalls noted in the just concluded general elections.
Mr. Akinjo said this to OrderPaperNG during an interview at the International Conference Centre in Abuja where certificates of return were handed out to members-elect of the National Assembly on Thursday.
At the event, Prof. Mahmood urged the ninth National Assembly to consider prioritizing amendment of the Electoral Act of 2010 as part of early preparation for the 2023 general elections.
According to him, “election in Nigeria largely is dependent on the legal framework. I want to assure you that we will continue to work with the national assembly to review our electoral law. However, i want to appeal to the national assembly elected lawmakers to start work early and conclude work on the electoral framework in a good time well ahead of the 2023 general election.”
Agreeing with this position, Mr. Kolade from Ondo state who was reelected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said there is need to amend the electoral act so as to ensure an improved electoral process.
Hear him: “First and famous as the representative of the people I would ensure their concerns, yearnings and aspirations are met. Secondly, I will ensure we sanitize our electoral law because as a nation it is really undignified for us to conduct elections after four, five days results are not announced and the whole electoral process is bastardized with inconclusive elections.
“It our responsibility to to sanitize the electoral laws. We have to look at the electoral law and the constitution. As lawmakers, the onus is on us to restore trust, dignity and that when you vote your votes will count because that’s one of the things Nigerians are seeking for.”