NHRC fingers INEC for electoral impunity in Nigeria

[ad_1]

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has blamed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the increasing cases of impunity and unlawful acts before and during elections.

NHRC stressed that electoral impunity would not stop until INEC, its official and the various security agencies involved in the conduct of elections avoid being partial.

The Commission suggested the prompt establishment of electoral crimes court to try election offenders.

It also called on the election tribunals to always deploy the powers under Section 146 of the Electoral Act 2010 to recommend cases of electoral infractions for the necessary agencies for investigation and prosecution.

These were contained in a report released in Abuja on Wednesday by NHRC on its study of cases relating to the 2015 general election.

The report is titled: “An independent study of the 2015 general election petition cases for evidence of gross violations of rights to participate in government, to public service and fair election (phase two: Final report).”

The report, similar to a report released in 2016, is the final phase of the NHRC’s “end electoral impunity” project launched in 2013.

The report presents 35 cases of indictments involving INEC, its officials, politicians, lawyers, tribunals and the Nigeria Police Force.

The 35 cases featured in the report were broken to include: 11 instances of criminal indictment, 14 criminal/administrative indictment, four administrative and six professional indictment.



[ad_2]

Source link

More News

President Buhari to Embark on Eight-Day Visit to Saudi Arabia, Perform Umrah

On Tuesday morning, President Muhammadu Buhari will begin an eight-day state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to perform...

Senator-Elect Yar’Adua Commits to Delivering Change for Katsina Central District

Senator-elect Abdul’aziz Yar’Adua of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Katsina Central Senatorial District has vowed to deliver on his campaign promises to the...

Police Arrest Suspect in Brutal Killing of Pregnant Girlfriend in Kano

The Kano State Police Command has arrested Philibus Ibrahim, who allegedly strangled his pregnant girlfriend, 22-year-old Theresa Yakubu, in Tudun Wada Local Government Area...

2023 Polls: Group warns Governor Matawalle over inciting comments, blaming Nigerian military

The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER), a Civil Society Organisation, has accused Governor Bello Matawalle of displaying undemocratic tendencies following his...