November 28, 2020

Lawmakers to lose their seat if they defect to another party – INEC

INEC has declared that any lawmaker who defects to another party must lose his seat –

Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman, made this known on Friday, November 7

– The INEC boss said the tribunal should be given powers to arrest, investigate and prosecute electoral offenders

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that lawmakers in the national and state Houses of Assembly should be barred from defecting from one party to another while in office. AD

TheCable reports that the electoral body made the suggestion on Friday, November 6, in Abuja at the presentation of its “Report of the 2019 general election.”

Legit.ng reports that the defectors should lose their seats except in the case of a merger of two or more parties, adding that the constitution should be amended to back the recommendation.

INEC officials waiting for the electorate during the Ondo state governorship election. Credit: Twitter/INEC. Source: Twitter INEC also made other proposals including the “creation of electoral offences commission and tribunal with powers to arrest, investigate and prosecute electoral offenders; automation of the nomination process to facilitate the storage, access and retrieval of candidates’ data.”

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