The National Assembly has been urged to amend the Electoral Act to deal with the issue of prolonged litigation of pre-election matters.
This was part of resolutions reached at the end of a webinar organised by the Centre For Peace And Development (CEPAD) in collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.
In a communique signed at the end of the webinar, the participants suggested that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) be given administrative adjudication powers in pre-election disputes with a definite time frame for resolution of such disputes.
The communiqué which was signed by CEPAD Director, Rev Fr Innocent Jooji, also called for the establishment of specialised election tribunals that are independent of the mainstream judiciary to oversee election and election-related litigation.
The participants said this will allow judges who oversee such tribunals to concentrate squarely on election related petitions without being encumbered by other matters.
LEADERSHIP Sunday reports that participants at the Webinar were drawn from the academia, students and the media.
The webinar with the theme “When The Court Casts The Final Vote: Examining The Implications Of Election Litigations In Nigeria’s Emerging Democracy- 2019 In Focus”, highlighted the impact election litigation has had on the political landscape of Nigeria
The communiqué reads in part, “We call for the continued training and retraining of judges to help build their capacity for election adjudication in order to ensure fair and just determination of electoral matters.
“We call on INEC to re-evaluate its primary responsibility as the regulator of elections in Nigeria with the view to implementing its quasi-legislative and quasi-judiciary powers in election matters, thereby decreasing the role of the courts in pre-election, election and post election disputes.
“We likewise use this medium to call on the National Assembly to commence the amendment of the Electoral Act, especially the inclusion of electronic transmission of results from the polling units and other provisions whose inadequacies have been exposed by the interpretations and pronouncements of the court.
HDAN Calls On Govs To Take Make Signing Of C of O Transparent
Bauchi Govt To Sign MoU With Notore To Provide Fertilizer At Affordable Price
Gombe Governor Parleys Minister of Agriculture
COVID-19: NGO Donates Ambulance To Plateau Govt
Miyetti Allah Condemns Alleged Killing Of Pastoralists
YAF Warns YWC, Other Yoruba Groups Against Secession Plans
JUST IN: Israel, UAE Relations: US Announce Normalisation Of Diplomatic Ties
COVER STORIES17 hours ago
Insurgency: Northern Govs Seek Probe Of Mailafia’s Allegations
NEWS15 hours ago
Baga: Army Investigates Fish Business Allegations
NEWS17 hours ago
Arotile: Court Grants Suspects Bail
NEWS5 hours ago
Zulum Releases Additional N148.8m To Offset Corps Members Allowance
FEATURES24 hours ago
Nigerians Defy Use Of Facemask Amidst COVID-19 Spread
NEWS14 hours ago
PMB Commissions New Mobile Police Training College
NEWS14 hours ago
Soldier Bags 55 Years Jail Term For Killing WHO Staff
POLITICS13 hours ago
Bafarawa, Wamakko And The Cost Of Unity In Sokoto