INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu who spoke at the 12th National Delegates Conference of the Forum of State Independent Electoral Commissions of Nigeria held in Jos, Plateau State capital, on Wednesday, disclosed that Nigeria’s electoral law is problematic.
Mahmood who was represented by the electoral commission’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, stated a new legal framework must be put in place in order to address the irregularities being witnessed in the nation’s electoral process.
The INEC Chairman who maintained that Nigeria’s electoral law is problematic, stated that the current legal framework creates uncertainty and undermines the people’s confidence. Mahmood who made a case for an electoral law that would ensure the settlement of all pre-election matters at least 60 days before the commencement of an election, disclosed that party nomination had a tremendous impact on the preparations and conduct of elections.
“When nominations are hazy and issues go to the courts, court judgments, orders and pronouncements affect procurement – the printing of ballot papers and result sheets.It is important to put in place a legal regime that allows for the disposal of all pre-elections matters at least 60 days before the elections.
“Removing the names and logos of political parties and changing the names of parties’ candidates up until the eve of election, on account of court orders and pronouncements, is very problematic and confusing. This puts the electoral management body on edge, with a profound impact on the conduct of elections” he said.