Passage of Electoral amendment bill fraudulent, Must be Rejected – Activist tells president Buhari



The Executive Director, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflicts Resolution (CHRCR), Comrade Idris Abdul Miliki has described the passage of the electoral amendment bill by the National Assembly as fraudulent.

The Kogi based activist who is the questioned the rationale in the passage of the bill by the House of Representatives and the Nigeria Senate noted that the will of Nigerians was subverted by their elected representatives.

Speaking on Monday in Lokoja at a one day capacity building for Civil Society Organizations, on chartered of demands on prioritizing anti-corruption and accountability issues during the upcoming 2023 election at the state level, the activist stated that it was uncalled for and disastrous in the nations electoral system for the National Assembly to subject the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC), in the transmission of result at the mercy of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC).

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Miliki wondered by the bill was passed at the week National Assembly members were going on recess.

Continuing, Miliki said “The bill is fraudulent in the sense that it does not reflect the wish of the majority that elected them into office. They do not invite stakeholders, even when they invite INEC, they do not allow them to make presentation. INEC has certain responsibilities as provided by law. Even the National Assembly is a creation of the Nigeria constitution. Why should they pass a bill subjecting INEC to Nigeria Communication Commission, NCC?

“We may not have an acceptable electoral act before the 2023 election. INEC has givens us timetable of election in the next 30 years, why should those people contesting this election which are the National Assembly people work against the people. What they have done is fraudulent, as they did not fulfil the promise made to the people”.

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He however, called on the President not to ascent his signature to the bill stressing that the bill should be returned for Nigerians to engage the process further.

A paper was presented by Mr Jide Ojo, a Development Consultant on the ‘role of CSO’s in anti corruption and accountability in electoral process’.

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