11 June 2021 by Julian Osamoto
The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room wants the Federal Government to appoint credible leaders as INEC commissioners to promote free, Fair and credible polls in the Country.
The convener of the Civil group Situation Room, Ms Ene Obi made the call in Abuja while reacting to the recent nomination of Ms Lauretta Onochie, Senior Special Adviser to President Buhari as INEC commissioner.
Ms Obi said.
“Section 156(1) of the constitution makes it mandatory that an appointee of INEC shall not be a member of a political party. It is immaterial that such a person in anticipation for appointment quickly resigned his or her membership of a political party”.
“We call on the senate to reaffirm the integrity and independence of Nigeria’s Electoral System by rejecting the nomination of Ms Lauretta Onochie as INEC national commissioner,”
“Situation Room wishes to remind the federal government that tenure of State Resident Electoral Commissioners of INEC will end this year hence it should begin to think of nomination of persons within the set criteria”
“Item F, paragraph 14 of the third schedule of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria forbids a partisan politician as a member of INEC-a body charged under the constitution to unbiasedly conduct a free and fair election, the claim of partisanship is glaring and has been exhibited orally and in writing,” the civil group said.
The convener said Onochie’s nomination indicates a major attempt at undermining the efforts to build a credible and improved electoral process in the county.