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Senate Calls For Unbundling Of INEC For Efficiency

Senate also resolved to make electronic transmission of results mandatory from the next general elections in 2027.


A file photo of INEC Headquarters in Abuja.

 

The Senate is calling for the unbundling of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to improve efficiency of the electoral body.

In a communiqué issued at the end of its retreat in Ikot Ikpene, Akwa-Ibom State, the Senate also resolved to make electronic transmission of results mandatory from the next general elections in 2027, including the uploading of polling unit-level results and result sheets used at different levels of result collation.

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“INEC should be unbundled to improve its efficiency and effectiveness in the preparation and conduct of elections.

“Relating to the use of technology in elections, remove the ambiguity evident in Section 64 of the EA22. Also, make electronic transmission of results mandatory from the next general elections in 2027, including the uploading of polling unit-level results and result sheets used at different levels of result collation.

“Introduce diaspora voting, at least for presidential elections, to enable citizens to vote, especially those on essential service abroad, such as military, paramilitary, and other security personnel abroad, Embassy staff, and other citizens.

“Relating to political parties; stipulate sanctions for failure to submit the register of party members not later than 30 days before the date of party primaries, congresses, or conventions in relation to Section 77(3) EA22, which the political parties have observed in the breach in the 2023 elections without penalty,” the communique read.

During the retreat, the upper chamber also weighed in on the security challenges in the country, saying a “comprehensive national security strategy” should be developed that addresses Nigeria’s needs.

According to the lawmakers, it is necessary for the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives to be part of the security briefings that the president gets.

“Promote community policing and engagement to identify and prevent terrorist attacks. The government should also work with civil society organizations and local/traditional communities to identify and address security concerns.

“Establish independent oversight mechanisms for the security sector. These mechanisms can help to investigate allegations of abuse and corruption and to ensure that security forces are accountable to the law,” the communique added.