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Civil Society groups, NLC express fears over incessant violation of Electoral Act

BY INALEGWU SHAIBU

ABUJA-Civil society groups and the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, have expressed fears that the constant violation of the 2006 Electoral Act by the Peoples Democratic Party and other political parties in Nigeria might endanger the 2011 general elections.

NLC Secretary, Political, Mr. Emmanuel Ugboaja, who led the group made of up Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, and Centre for Democratic Development during a briefing , condemned the refusal of the PDP to sign the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, code of conduct.

The group also fears that the use of state funds and security operatives by incumbent governors, including repeated violence during campaigns, negated the provisions of the Electoral Act and might put the elections in jeopardy.

He said:   “We condemn the refusal of some political parties to sign the code of conduct for political parties. It is appalling that a party that has ruled Nigeria for 12 years could display such disdain for collective resolution and concerted self regulation.

“The refusal to sign the code only reveals an intension to continue to perpetrate undemocratic actions going into elections.”


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