The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved that three bills on electoral reforms as the 2019 elections draw nearer.
They are the Constitution Alteration BIll, (2018); Electoral Act amendment BIll (2018); Electoral Offences Commission BIll (2018).
The Attorney-General Of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who briefed State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the presidential village, Abuja, said they will now be forwarded to the National Assembly for quick passage into law.
He said the President is committed to strengthening the electoral process in the country, which explains his setting up of the Ken Nnamani Electoral Reforms Committee.
The Minister said the committee’s report, the need to have permanent institutions to drive the reforms, among others, gave rise to the bills.
According to him, the present administration hopes to entrench accountability in the conduct of the elections and political parties affairs; ensure speedy resolution of pre-election matters and election disputes; impose stiffer penalties on electoral offenders; as well as enhance the independence of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) such that it is not subject to the directives or control of any authority.
Also speaking on the state of the economy, after the meeting, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, said government is worried about dwindling performance and revenues from of the oil and agriculture sectors even though the economy grew by 1.5 per cent in the second quarter. Read more<<<<<