Prof. Attahiru Jega, the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has declared that elected officials who defected from their political parties ought to vacate the office and allow for fresh elections accordingly.
Jega said this while speaking, yesterday at a political summit tagged “All Nigeria political parties and political stakeholders’ summit”, held in Abuja.
He also disclosed that a proposal has been submitted to the National Assembly to amend the Electoral Act to enable it determine the criteria for parties to get on the ballot papers.
The INEC chairman tagged the current defections as ‘political nomadism’, noting that when “an elected official defects, he is supposed to relinquish his office to allow for a fresh election”.
Jega said: “Some observers have described this as political nomadism. While we must respect the rights of citizens to choose at will what parties to belong to as part of their freedom of association, the negative effects of hemorrhage of party members and rancour it generates cannot be underestimated.”
National Mirror report:
Speaking on the challenges of inter party collaboration, Jega said:
“We need to improve the functioning of IPAC to ensure full commitment of all parties to the council and Code of Conduct. We also need to improve the funding profile of IPAC to enable it to continue to play its role in growing our democracy and national stability.
” He added that there was need to continue to improve the organisation of political parties with a view to modernise them.”
“The thorny issue of deregistration of political party remains. INEC has submitted a proposal of the amendment of the Electoral Act to expunge the provision empowering the commission to deregister political parties, but instead empower the commission to determine the criteria for parties to get on the ballot.”
“We believe it will afford the parties space to continue to play their cardinal roles in political development, without challenges posed by election management by the unwieldiness of countless ineffective political parties.”
Speakers at the summit also warned political leaders against using provocative utterances which could promote insurgency or disharmony among the political parties, capable of derailing democracy.
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