2023: Strict implementation of Electoral Act ‘ll reduce money politics, vote-buying – CSOs

Civil society groups, under the auspices of Centre for Liberty, have called for a thorough implementation of the Electoral Act 2022 (as amended), saying it will open new vista for a credible electoral process and reduce money politics in the 2023 general election.

They made the call on Thursday in Abuja at the public presentation of the report on Electoral Reform Advocacy executed by the coalition between 2019 and 2022 with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

The civil society partners for electoral reforms include; Adopt A Goal, Yiaga Africa, Concerned Nigerians, Raising New Voices, Free Nigeria Movement, amongst others.

Electoral act: Ministers seeking court order to delete clause on appointees, CSOs claim

Some civil society organisations (CSOs) have alleged that “top appointees” and ministers in the current administration are seeking court orders to delete clause 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022.

The Civil Society Partners on Electoral Reform (CiSPER) made the allegation in a statement issued on Sunday by Ariyo-Dare Atoye, executive director, Adopt A Goal for Development Initiative, and endorsed by Centre for Liberty and Students Advocates for Development Initiative (YSAD).

Electoral Act: CSOs Support Section Barring Appointees From Seeking Party Nomination

Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria are raising alarm over mounting political pressure on the National Assembly to undo some of the progressive elements of the Amended Electoral Bill, specifically the section preventing political appointees from participating in the party candidate nomination process, either as aspirants or delegates.

Section 84(12) of the Amended Electoral Act ruled out political appointees from taking part in partisan contests as a voting delegate or aspirant with a provision that read: “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the Convention of Congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election.”