Nnamani Reform Committee Recommends Forfeiture Of Seat For Defected Lawmaker

The Constitution and Electoral Reform Committee, CERC, has recommended that any lawmaker that defects to another party should lose his or her seat.

It also recommended that all cases must be concluded before any elected officer is sworn-in.

This was contained in the report of the committee, led by former Senate President, Dr. Ken Nnamani, which was submitted to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN on Tuesday.

The committee wants government to create a body to be called Political Parties & Electoral Offences Commission, which sole responsibility is to regulate political parties and monitor election.

Nnamani led committee said that the implementation of the recommendations becomes necessary due to the coming 2019 general election.

It also proposed the amendment of some electoral bills, which include establishment of Constituency Delimitation Centre, establishment of Political Parties & Electoral Offences Commission.

According to Nnamani, all necessary stakeholders about election and electoral reforms were interviewed before arriving at the report and recommendation.

He commended the efforts of INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, for their input.

However, he revealed that during the course of making the report, it was observed that most electoral frauds were perpetrated at collation centres across thee six geo-political zones of the country.

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