Information Minister Proposes New Framework For Political Transition

MinisterThe Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, has proposed a legal framework that will speed up transition of power from one government to another after a general election.

The Information Minister made the proposal in his keynote address at a gathering of government officials and officials of the National Democratic Institute, in Abuja on Monday.

The forum was convened to review the weaknesses, strengths and challenges of the current transition practice in Nigeria.

After highlighting the challenges of the last transition, especially the delays experienced after the presidential election was won by the All Progressives Congress, the Minister expressed confidence that such framework would help to address the challenges faced.

While advocating for smooth and speedy transition of power from one government to another in the future, the Minister also noted that such transition framework is needed both at the state and the federal government level.

The Country Director of the National Democratic Institute, Jasper Veen, also aligned with the Minister on the need to set up a legal framework for the transition of power from one government to the other.

Other participants at the forum also believe that such transition framework is important in a democratic environment.

2015 Elections: Commonwealth Observers Will Not Go To North-East

commonwealthThe Commonwealth observer mission to Nigeria’s general elections says it would not deploy any observer to north-east Nigeria despite the progress made by the Federal Government to restore security in the region.

The Chairperson of the group and former President of Malawi, Dr Bakili Muluzi, said that the Commonwealth mission would not take any risks, but get the information required from other bigger observer groups, as the security situation there remains a challenge.

Dr Muluzi said that the Observer Group would deploy its members across the country to witness the conclusion of the election campaigns, observe voting, counting, results, check the conditions available for credible elections and freedom for voters to exercise their franchise.

The Commonwealth Observer Group to Nigeria for the elections, starting this weekend is a high-powered 10-man delegation; consisting mainly of current and former African leaders and lawmakers, serving members of National Electoral Commissions from around Africa, led by the former President of Malawi, Dr Bakili Muluzi.

Dr Muluzi told a news conference in Abuja that their duty is only to observe and make recommendations towards improving democracy in Commonwealth nations.

He also said that observers would not take the risk of going into the north east where the Nigerian military is still battling the insurgents.

The Commonwealth Observer Group has a mandate to observe and consider the various factors affecting the credibility of the electoral process and determine whether the elections is conducted according to the standards for democratic elections.

This will be done alongside other observer missions such as ECOWAS, European Union and the National Democratic Institute.