Nigeria Election: Constitutional Amendment Alone Cannot Solve Electoral Issues – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says constitutional and legal alterations and amendments alone cannot solve the challenges of the electoral process in Nigeria.

 

Mr. Festus Okoye, the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said this at the Post 2019 General Elections Review Meeting with the Media on Monday in Lagos State.

 

“While it is right and rational to alter the constitution and amend the laws to take care of new, emerging and novel issues that may arise or have arisen and not contemplated or anticipated by the lawmakers, we must be careful not to fall into the trap of believing that every electoral challenge must be solved through constitutional or Electoral Act amendment.

 

“We must acknowledge that constitutional and legal alterations and amendments alone cannot solve the challenges of the electoral process.

 

“Reforms in the electoral process must include improvements in the administration and management of elections.

 

“It must include a change in attitude by the major stakeholders in the electoral process and a commitment to play by the rules.”

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