By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, yesterday, said the Federal Government has identified as top priority, the amendment of the Electoral Act with a view to empowering the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to prosecute electoral offenders.
The AGF said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari intends to carry out a comprehensive legal reform that would address challenges posed by some of our outdated electoral laws.
In a keynote address he delivered at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room’s Stakeholders’ Forum on Elections, in Abuja, yesterday, Malami, SAN, said he has commenced consultations with the leadership of the National Assembly and the Judiciary to identify key laws and priority areas for reform.
He said: “The 2015 general elections was a major milestone in Nigeria’s electoral evolution. Prior to 2015 elections, it was always taken for granted that incumbent governments would win elections conducted under their watch.
“The election in 2015 changed this and put the world on notice that Nigeria’s electorate now matters. It is the intention of this administration to build on, and support improvements of the conduct of elections in Nigeria.
“A democracy thrives and endures when the laws guiding the conduct of elections are well known and the citizenry are well informed on it. Taking from the gains of the 2015 general elections, it will be important for us as a country to entrench a culture of democratic values that will strengthen our nation.