21 December 2020 By Georgina Humphrey
The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has condemned the recent recommendation by the
National Assembly Joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission Matters which seeks to compel INEC to consider any married girl, who is not up to 18 years, eligible to vote during elections in Nigeria.
A statement signed by the Chairman, Media Committee of CUPP, Mr. Chukwudi Ezeobika in Abuja says the recommendation shows the level of disrespect to laws by the Joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission of the Nigerian Constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 particularly Section 12 (b) which provides the minimum age for eligibility to vote as 18 years”
It stresses that this development raises serious concerns on the credibility of the current electoral reform being carried out by the National Assembly.
The statement adds that the Independence and powers of the Senate has been under undue interferences by the executive arm of Government “
“The conscious and deliberate disregard for and disobedience to valid Court Judgements by Agencies of Government especially INEC, portends a grave danger to the Nigerian democracy more especially the refusal by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu – led INEC to relist 22 political parties as ordered by the Court of Appeal in a unanimous Judgement delivered by its President, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem on the 10th of August, 2020.
It therefore calls on the parliament not to erode the confidence reposed in them by the Nigerian people in charting the course for a united and prosperous Nation which will give Nigerians hope and sense of security.