The President Shouldn’t Appoint INEC Chairman, Says Prof Jega

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A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, has called for amendments to the Electoral Act, 2022.

He said though the country’s electoral law could be said to be the best in Nigeria’s history, it is not perfect, and there was a need for further amendments to remove ambiguities and clarify and strengthen some of its sections.

Jega spoke at a two-day retreat organized for senators by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State.

The amendments, he said, should make the electronic transmission of results mandatory from the next general elections in 2027.

He also said the president should divested of power to appoint the chairman and National Commissioners of INEC to free the commission from partisanship.

He said the law should be reviewed to ensure that all cases arising from the conduct of elections are resolved and judgments made before the date of swearing-in.

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