By Abdulwahab Abdulah
Five days to the 2015 general elections, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called for a legislation barring anyone found guilty of violating electoral laws from holding public office in the country.
SERAP, in a statement by its executive director, Tokunbo Mumuni said it is mandatory to establish a law to: “Explicitly bar for life anyone found guilty of electoral-law violations, including hate speech and violence before, during and after the general elections from being elected to or appointed to public office.”
“Inciting or perpetrating election-related violence should also be included in the constitution as an explicit stand-alone ground for the impeachment of elected officials.” Mumuni further said, “Election-related violence is a very serious problem and it really is something we need to look at in a number of ways. Barring from public office those found guilty of violence is perhaps one of them.”
“It’s patently wrong to allow anyone guilty of hate speech and violence around elections to occupy public office. ”It shouldn’t matter what political party those complicit in these crimes are from. If they have got that kind of charge against them, and they have been convicted, they should surrender the right to hold public office,“ he added.