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Justice Minister Fagbemi Pushes for Reform: Scrapping State Electoral Commissions

Abuja, Nigeria – The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the federation, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), has called for the scrapping of State Electoral Commissions, stating that their existence hinders the development of local governments. Fagbemi made these remarks during a one-day discourse on “Nigeria’s Security Challenges and Good Governance at the Local Government Levels,” organized by the House of Representatives in Abuja.

During the event, Fagbemi highlighted how certain sections of the 1999 Constitution have been exploited by governors to weaken local governments and render them ineffective. He specifically pointed out the abuse of power through the use of State Electoral Commissions for fraudulent elections and the preference of governors to appoint caretaker leaders in local governments.

To address these issues and promote true democratic practices within local governments, Fagbemi proposed the elimination of State Electoral Commissions. He suggested transferring their functions and powers to the independent national electoral commission, as the state commissions are often seen as mere extensions of incumbent governors.

In his statement, Fagbemi emphasized, “To achieve this, many experts have proposed that there is a need for the scrapping of the state independent electoral commission. Their functions and powers should be transferred to the independent national electoral commission because the state independent electoral commission remains an appendage to every incumbent governor. This is perceived as the root cause of the problem of local government administration in Nigeria.”

The call to abolish State Electoral Commissions has sparked discussions and debates among experts and stakeholders. While some believe that this move would enhance transparency and fairness in local government elections, others express concerns about the potential concentration of power at the national level.

As the discourse on Nigeria’s local government governance continues, it remains to be seen how the government will respond to the proposal put forth by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General.

Efecha Gold
Efecha Gold
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