The Independent National Electoral Commission –INEC, has urged the National Assembly to give more importance to the establishment of special commission to handle electoral offences.
INEC believes that giving serious consideration and effect to the recommendation that a special commission be set up would help the political process.
According to the commission’s Chief Press Secretary, Kayode Idowu, the call became necessary as the lawmakers sought further amendment to the 2010 Electoral Act.
Mr. Idowu noted that the establishment the special commission, which would also prosecute people involved in multiple registration, would allow INEC to concentrate on the conduct of elections.
Four million voters were removed from the voter register released for the 2015 general elections due to multiple registration.
“It appears at a time that the process has commenced. So it will be of help to the political process of the country if that commission materializes.’’
“When the 2011 register was processed, there are 4,280,979 multiple registrants apart from the four million. Even in the recent Continuous Voter Registration -CVR, exercises, we have almost 6,000 multiples,’’ Idowu said.