Voters in Edo state have been advised to adhere to the rule of law during Wednesday’s governorship election.
This advice was given on Tuesday by an election observer group, The Situation Room.
Executive Director at the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, Mr Clement Nwankwo, also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to ensure the polls are free, fair and credible.
The European Union observation mission and some civil society groups have called for a probe of severe cases of violence and attempted manipulation in Saturday’s elections in some states.
The EU Chief Observer, Mr Santiago Fisas, said that despite lack of evidence of centralised systematic fraud at the polls, some attempts at manipulations were observed which necessitate further investigations by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
For the Coordinator of Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, Mr Clement Nwankwo, multiple cases of electoral misconducts in Abia, violence in Rivers State and partisan interference in Akwa-ibom call for scrutiny of final collated results from the three states.
The European Union Observation Mission and some civil society groups have expressed concern over the severe cases of violence and alleged manipulation in some states in Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections.
In its 2nd preliminary statement on the 2015 general elections, the EU Observer Mission urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to launch investigations into these cases.
The EU Chief Observer, Mr. Santiago Fisas said despite lack of evidence of centralised systematic fraud at the elections, some attempts at manipulations were observed which necessitates further investigations by the electoral body.
Mr. Fisas, however, noted that the overall process during the April 11 elections was more efficient compared to the presidential and parliamentary elections but lamented the rise in violence and attempted manipulation of the process in some states.
The spokesman for the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, Mr. Clement Nwankwo said multiple cases of electoral misconduct in Abia State, violence in Rivers State and partisan interference in Akwa Ibom State call for scrutiny of final collated results from the three states.
The groups also condemned the involvement of prominent public office holders, politicians and INEC officials in what they termed ‘organised misconduct and disorderly behaviours’ in the April 11 elections.
They noted that steps must be taken to investigate all such cases and prosecution of those found culpable.
Some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have asked President Goodluck Jonathan to assent to the amended sections of the 1999 constitution before the end of his administration.
The appeal was made at a forum between civil society groups, journalists and legal experts, aimed at appealing to President Goodluck Jonathan to assent to the amended sections of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to the groups, the Presidential assent to the amended constitution, especially those sections that deal with election and post election matters are necessary, in view of the forthcoming polls.
The organiser, Mr Clement Nwankwo of the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, believes that it is important for the President to give his assent ahead of the elections.
Other Conveners at the meeting agreed that Presidential assent to the sections, especially those dealing with election matters such section 285, would provide a better framework for the tribunals and INEC to work.
Professor Oyewo, however, proposed that the lawmakers resolution on the amended sections should be allowed to be part of the laws, whether or not the sections have presidential assent after a period of time.
The National Assembly has amended some sections of the 1999 constitution including sections 65, 134,150, and 285, that deal with Electoral and Judicial Reforms.
Although both the Senate and House of Representatives have harmonised the amended sections, they are yet to be approved by the President.