Published On: Thu, Oct 12th, 2017

Senate advances to criminalize electoral offences

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A bill seeking to criminalise electoral offences in the country has passed the second reading at the Senate.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Abubakar Kyari sponsored the bill.

He said electoral offences were discrediting the country’s democratic values, adding that the bill would mitigate the incidents of such crimes committed with impunity.

It was titled: “A bill for an Act to establish the National Electoral Offences Commission and for other matters connected thereof’.”

According to Kyari: “Section 149, 150 of the Electoral Act permits the INEC to punish electoral offenders. Unfortunately, t it has not prosecuted one per cent of offenders.”

“Far away in Malaysia, they established their own electoral offences commission in 1954, including Canada and other places.

“Also, Kenya established its own last year. If the commission is established, it would work with other security agencies.”

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