Election observers ask Buhari to assent Electoral Bill – Independent Observers

Election observers ask Buhari to assent Electoral Bill

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By Temitope Owotoki

The Pan African Women (PAN) project, an election observers group that monitored the general elections in Nigeria has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the amended Electoral Act.

Mphoentle Keitseng, the Publicity Secretary of PAN project 2019, made the call in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday.

She said there is need to review the electoral act in order to help strengthen the electoral process and help facilitate and regulate proper conduct of subsequent elections in the country.

Keitseng expressed disappointment at the irregularities that characterised the just concluded governorship and House of Assembly elections.  These included vote buying, ballot box snatching, intimidation, thuggery and disruption of voting process.

She called on the federal government to create an election tribunal in order to prosecute offenders of the electoral processes.

Ms Keitseng, who monitored the state elections in Akwa Ibom State,  decried the heavy presence of military personnel in polling units which, she observed, was scaring voters.

She advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to improve on the arrival of materials and election kick off at the gubernatorial and state of assembly elections.

“We commend the transparent and credibility exhibited by INEC in Akwa Ibom in conducting free, fair Presidential/National Assembly and Gubernatorial/State House of Assembly elections,” she said.

Ms Keitseng also advised INEC to recruit ad-hoc staff who are above 30 years of age for sensitive positions as polling officers because many polling officials who were young lacked the maturity to take decisions on time, especially where violence erupted. (NAN)

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