CLO To NASS: Involve Stakeholders In Review Of Electoral Act
The Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) has called on the National Assembly to get in touch with stakeholders in Nigeria’s elections if it truly intended to improve Electoral Act with a view to strengthen the nation’s electoral process.
Chairman of the Aba unit of the organization, Prof. Charles Chinekezi made the call yesterday in Aba, Abia state while addressing newsmen.
Chinekezi said it was regrettable that the 2019 election was a huge failure as it failed to satisfy the yearnings of Nigerians for a free, fair and credible election.
He said the 2019 election drew the nation backward with its worst security record and urged the lawmakers not to rely on their own experiences and interests alone to give Nigeria an electoral law that would encourage peaceful, free and fair elections.
Chinekezi said: “Look again at what they are talking about. Ad hoc committee, are they listening to themselves, Ad hoccommittee to look at the fate of Nigeria and its almost 200 million people with over 250 tribes and races?
“A country of over 60 years of independence without a definition of where it wants to go, and they are talking about ad hoc committee because for them everything is about ad hoc and ad hocism.
“What do they really want to achieve? That shows you the quality of leadership and governance in Nigeria. It is unfortunate.
“The issue of Electoral Act amendment and reforms is very important to the sovereign state of Nigeria and no ad-hoc committee is fit to oversee that.
“No ad hoc committee is qualified to look at Nigeria’s very sensitive issues.”
“We have full legislative houses, the conference of political parties, the civil society groups, human and civil rights groups, the faith-based organizations, the professionals and the proletariat.
“No segment of this societal package I named should be excluded from the planned amendments if they want to give Nigerians what Nigerians are yearning for and not what favours their selfish interests.