Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Amina Zakari, has stressed the need for a review of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) with a view to addressing the shortcomings and improving on the processes of the commission.
She said this in Abuja when a delegation of Military Attachés of accredited foreign missions in Nigeria, led by the Assistant Director, Attaché Management Defence Intelligence Agency, Col. Everest Okoro, paid a courtesy visit to the commission.
She, however, refused speak on whether the composition of the commission’s management could impair negatively on the decisions taken so far by the commission.
INEC, which is made up of 13 national commissioners, has two commissioners as 11 others had served out their tenure.
She said, “We need a review of the Electoral Act because during the course of our assignment, we noticed some lapses and lacunas in some of the clauses.
While explaining the composition and functions of the commission to the Military Attaches, the INEC boss highlighted some of the challenges encountered in the course of delivering the 2011 and 2015 general elections.
She listed some of the challenges to include lack of internal party democracy, challenges in the control and monitoring of party finance and expenditures.
She explained, however, that the commission had been building capacity internally and had commenced a pilot model monitoring of campaign finances.
Other challenge, according to her, is election-related violence.