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Okereke urges N-Assembly to expedite action on electoral reform

By Ben Agande

ABUJA—The Presidential candidate of the African Liberation Party in the 2007 election, Chief Emmanuel Okereke has called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Electoral Reform Act, pointing out that doing so is the only panacea to the country’s electoral problems.

In an interview with Vanguard in Abuja yesterday, Chief Okereke said those calling for the sack of the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Chief, Professor Maurice Iwu have missed the point, pointing out that removing Iwu would not stop election rigging in the country.

“Even if you bring in a pope to be the chairman of the INEC as it is presently, there is little he can do. The chairman cannot be everywhere all the time during the elections. He does not appoint the Resident Electoral Commissioners, most of the staff of INEC were employed before he was appointed; he is not in charge of the security forces and they are not answerable to him. How can the removal of the INEC chairman solve our electoral problems as some people are canvassing” he said.


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