OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has passed the Electoral offenses Commission bill, approving stiff penalties for various categories of electoral malpractices including ballot snatching and violence.
The bill if signed into law seeks to establish the Electoral Offenses Commission which will be charged with the responsibility of prohibition and prosecution of Electoral Offenses.
The passage of the bill on Thursday followed the consideration of the report of the Committee of the Whole and subsequently adoption of its recommendations by the House.
It would be recalled that the report of the committee on electoral matters and political parties was laid by the Chairman, Aisha Dukku (APC, Gombe) on 27th July, 2017.
Speaking on the report, Dukku explained that it is a product of several contributions from different organizations and professional bodies, such as the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), political parties, among others.
The committee of the whole, chaired by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Lasun Yusuf, passed the bill after several amendments were made by the members.
Earlier on, Lasun resisted a call by Ossai Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta) for the House to step down the consideration of the report to allow members ample time to scrutinize the document.
Mr. Lasun retorted that members had more than 4 weeks to scrutinize the document.