Labour Party Tasks National Assembly On Electoral Reform


The Labour Party, LP in Nigeria says prompt overhaul of electoral system that will guarantee credible elections nationwide remains a major task before the 10th National Assembly.

The LP Deputy National Chairman, Dr Ayo Olorunfemi made this remark in an interview in Lagos.

He was reacting to a bill seeking a single term of six years for the President and state governors, brought up recently by 35 members of the House of Representatives.

Rwport says the bill also canvasses the rotation of the presidency among the six geo-political zones of the country.

The 35 legislators, under the auspices of Reformed-minded Legislators, said both proposals would lead to reduction in the cost of governance.

The spokesman for the group, Ikenga Ugochinyere, added that the move would unite the country and ensure seamless power transition and promote the development of the country.

Reacting, Olorunfemi said that though the six-year single tenure for the  President and governor remained laudable, the priority should be on reformation of electoral laws and guidelines.

According to him, this is much more needed no than the proposed single- tenure rotational presidency.

“Our problem now is how to completely overhaul our electoral system through electronic voting and transmission of result real-time online,” he said.

Olorunfemi said that the single term of years presidency was proposed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, but was misinterpreted as third term agenda.

“That was what Obasanjo wanted to do and some people with bad intentions turned that to a third term agenda,” Olorunfemi said.

Electoral Commission

He urged the National Assembly to look into the process of appointment of judges and the chairman of the electoral commission.

The LP boss said that such appointments should be through a competitive selection process  by professionals rather than  by the President.

He added that the National Assembly should, at all times, pursue efforts towards deepening democracy .


NAN/Confidence Okwuchi

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