Lawyers demand review of electoral laws
By Innocent Anaba
Lawyers in the country have called for the review of the country’s electoral laws, if Nigerians hope for better elections in 2015 was to be realised.
Lawyers, judges and stakeholders in the country’s electoral system, noted that more needed to be done to ensure that the country got it right in electoral matters.
Speaking at the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, two-day conference on the review of the performance of Election Petition Tribunals in the country held in Benin, Edo State, participants noted that the amendment of Section 285 of the 1999 Constitution, and some amended sections of Electoral Act, were anti-people and were the root causes of major problems in the current electoral process, hence, the need for review and possible amendment of the affected legislations before the next general elections.
NBA President, Mr Joseph Daudu, SAN, said: “Those involved with Nigerian political history will admit that over the years, our collective inability to be led by leaders elected by universal adult suffrage, in free and fair electoral processes, has been the main factor militating against good governance in the country.”