The Independent National Electoral Commission, on Wednesday, said it would propose a constitutional and electoral reform to enhance the integrity of electoral process.
The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, disclosed this in Enugu during the presentation of certificates of return to elected members of the state assembly, deputy and governor-elect of Enugu State.
Okoye said that INEC would embark on an electoral reform bill as soon as swearing- in was concluded to enable the commission conduct a credible and transparent election in the future.
He said, “The commission will embark on aggressive constitutional and electoral reform to enhance the integrity of the electoral process. It is very clear that some of the provisions in the constitution and the Electoral Act must be realigned to meet the
expectations of our people.
“The commission will take a second look at the timelines for the disposal of pre-election matters and propose to the National Assembly a timeline that leads to the disposal of all pre-election matters at least 45 days to the holding of elections.”
The INEC Commissioner said the commission could no longer afford to plan in an uncertain environment on account of inability to anticipate what may likely happen in court with the nomination processes of political parties.
Okoye, however, commended Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, all the elected state legislators, stakeholders and political parties for conducting themselves in utmost civility and decency during the electoral process in the state.
He charged them not to see the certificate of return issued to them as a trophy that marks the conclusion of their service, but rather marks the beginning of their service to the people.
“On behalf of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, I welcome you all to this particular occasion. This is a formal statutory and confirmatory process that you have won an election in accordance with constitution and electoral dictates.