Senate mulls unbundling INEC for efficiency, diaspora voting


The senate is considering unbundling the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a bid to improve the umpire’s

The senate is also making a case for diaspora voting, at
least for the presidential election.

These positions were reached after a two-day retreat of the
senate in Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa Ibom state.

In a communique issued after the retreat, the senate said
electronic transmission of election results should be mandatory.

“INEC should be unbundled to improve its efficiency and
effectiveness in the preparation and conduct of elections,” the communique

“Relating to the use of technology in elections, remove
the ambiguity evident in Section 64 of the EA22.

“Also, make electronic transmission of results
mandatory from the next general elections in 2027, including the uploading of
polling unit-level results and result sheets used at different levels of result

“Introduce diaspora voting, at least for presidential
elections, to enable citizens to vote, especially those on essential service
abroad, such as military, paramilitary, and other security personnel abroad,
Embassy staff, and other citizens.

“Relating to political parties; stipulate sanctions for
failure to submit the register of party members not later than 30 days before
the date of party primaries, congresses, or conventions in relation to Section
77(3) EA22, which the political parties have observed in the breach in the 2023
elections without penalty.”

The red chamber said a “comprehensive national security
strategy” should be developed that addresses Nigeria’s needs.

“Promote community policing and engagement to identify
and prevent terrorist attacks. The government should also work with civil
society organizations and local/traditional communities to identify and address
security concerns,” it said.

“Establish independent oversight mechanisms for the
security sector. These mechanisms can help to investigate allegations of abuse
and corruption and to ensure that security forces are accountable to the

The upper legislative chamber added that it is necessary for
the senate president and speaker of the house of representatives to be part of
the security briefings that the president gets.


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