OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to constitute a special committee to look into all grey areas of the 2010 Electoral Act (as amended), and make appropriate recommendations on the needed alterations to the House.
The resolution were sequel to a motion raised under matters of urgent public importance titled “the Malady Of Inconclusive Elections In Nigeria” by Mr. Karimi Sunday ((PDP, Kogi).

Leading the debate, Mr. Sunday lamented that since the November 21, 2015 gubernatorial election in Kogi State, “inconclusive elections has become a demon hunting the Nigerian electoral system”, which is fast eroding the confidence of the electorates, as well as becoming a tool for subverting the will of the people.

The lawmaker suggested the House to call on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to subvert the people’s will by resorting to its own guidelines, but to rather adhere to the constitution and allow aggrieved parties to proceed to relevant electoral tribunals in order to ensure peace and security, as well as promote the credibility of the electoral process.

Debate by members condemned the inconclusiveness of elections across the country.

Mr. Aliyu Madaki(PDP, Kano) warned the electoral umpire to be wary of any form of manipulation in the Kano State supplementary poll slated for March 23 alongside other affected states.

“we are talking of the integrity of Mr. President here, if there is any plan to manipulate the process in Kano, they should know that we will not take it, we will not allow it, no Jupiter can come to Kano to manipulate the election. Kano is not Lagos, and it will not happen”, Mr. Madaki warned.

On his part, House leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila explained that the only way out however, was an amendment to the Act, by removing such powers from INEC, citing the Supreme Court’s ruling on the controversial 2015 gubernatorial election in Kogi, to the effect that the Electoral Act gave INEC powers to design and implement guidelines for any election it is by law, empowered to conduct.

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