By Innocent Anaba
LAGOS — The failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to prosecute electoral offenders, four months after the April general elections, has been faulted by the Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, NIALS, Prof. Epiphany Azinge, SAN.
He also faulted the ceding to INEC of the power to prosecute electoral offenders by the Electoral Act, insisting that setting up the Electoral Offences Commission, as clamoured by Nigerians would have effectively addressed problems of electoral fraud in the country.
Speaking at the Legislative Advocacy Forum organised by the institute in Lagos, Wednesday, Azinge said: “Allowing INEC to prosecute electoral offenders was the worst thing to happen to this country. The Justice Uwais Committee called for the electoral offences commission, but some few people kicked against it.
“So far, of the many people that were arrested for various electoral offences during the April general elections, four months after, no body had been prosecuted. It is not doing us any good.”
He noted that Bills initiated by the Institute which are currently before the National Assembly, include those on Social Security, Destitution Protection, Road Accident Victims Compensation, Enforcement of Education of Children and Young Persons, Widows Protection and Rehabilitation, Special Privileges for Senior Citizens and Women Affirmative Action (Equal Opportunity).