Former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani, on Tuesday, mentioned the method of appointment of chairman of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) was defective.
He referred to as on President Muhammadu Buhari to undertake the suggestions of the Uwais Report with a view to wholistically reform the nation’s electoral system.
Nnamani made the decision in a keynote handle entitled, In the direction of a Extra Credible, Honest and Free Elections in Nigeria, offered on the third Oronto Douglas Memorial Dialogue held in Abuja.
He mentioned: “It’s apparent that the Uwais Report represents a excessive level within the seek for an electoral system that may go well with Nigeria’s peculiar circumstances.
“The eminent members of that committee proposed many inventions that might restore credibility and equity to our electoral system. Sadly, many of those revolutionary proposals weren’t carried out.”
Nnamani, a former chairman of the Structure and Electoral Reform Committee, confused the necessity for Nigeria to study from South Africa within the appointment of the chairman of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC).
“The independence of the election administration physique is usually decided by the mode of appointment.
“In South Africa and a few African nations, the method of appointment of electoral administration officers is extra of aggressive recruitment the place these appointed could have a way that they merited the place, not that they’re beneficiaries of political patronage.”
Nnamani, nevertheless, expressed concern over the excessive value of conducting elections within the nation and problems with election safety and violence.
He referred to as for the discount of economic positive factors hooked up to political workplaces to cut back the desperation manifesting throughout elections.
“Till we will scale back the monetary rewards of occupying political workplaces via anti-corruption and accountability measures, we should always anticipate desperation from politicians.
“We should cope with violence and different electoral crimes via institutional redesigning,” he confused, including that electoral offenders have to be punished to function deterrents to others.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that Nnamani was represented on the occasion by Mallam Mohammed Bello.
Oronto Douglas, a lawyer and environmental activist, was Particular Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on analysis, documentation and technique, and died on April 9, 2015 on the age of 48.