The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) has called for a ban on the defection of members from political parties to political parties.
The suggestion was made at the presentation of its ‘Report of the 2019 General Election’ on Friday November 9 in Abuja.
The study suggested that “defectors should forfeit their seats immediately, even in the case of a merger of two or more parties,” and also called for a constitutional amendment to support the recommendation.
A proposal was also made for “the establishment of a commission on electoral offenses and a tribunal with powers to arrest, investigate and prosecute electoral offenders; automation of the nomination process to allow the storage, access and retrieval of data from candidates.”
INEC Chairman, Yakubu Mahmood noted that some of the recommendations either require administrative action by the commission or amendments to the existing electoral legal framework by the national assembly.
“Some of the recommendations that require administrative action by INEC are already being implemented resulting in improved management of the electoral process as seen in the recent off-cycle Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.
“We are similarly engaging with the National Assembly on aspects of the recommendations that require legislative action.
“It is my hope that making the two reports public will promote a better understanding of the issues and challenges associated with the conduct of the 2019 General Election and as important resource materials for research.
“It is my hope that it will serve as the promotion of a broader national discourse on the necessary reforms required for the continued delivery of peaceful, free, fair, credible, inclusive and safe elections in Nigeria.’’