AGF Canvasses Robust Electoral System

AGF Canvasses Robust Electoral System

…Inaugurates Constitution and electoral reform committee

Chris Steven, Abuja

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has charged members of the Committee on Constitution and Electoral Reform to look into the possible amendments to the Constitution and Electoral Act , as well as other legal instruments concerning elections to facilitate the attainment of a more robust and generally acceptable electoral system.

According to a press release by  his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, the Minister gave the charge while inaugurating members of the Committee on Constitution and Electoral Reform in his office last Tuesday in Abuja.

Isah disclosed that the AGF emphasized that the committee would leverage on their combined wealth of experience to review the electoral environment, relevant laws and also experiences from the recent elections conducted in Nigeria and make recommendations to strengthen and achieve the conduct of free and fair elections in the country.

He affirmed that it is obligatory on the part of the committee “to take a holistic and critical look of the recommendations of Justice Uwais Electoral Reform Committee.”

“The committee must consult far and wide, across all spectra of the society and in particular with the National Assembly and the Judiciary in order to make recommendations that would stand the test of times”.

“It is our expectation that the committee would turn in a report which dept and quality should resound for years to come and would facilitate the re-engineering of our electoral practice” he added.

The AGF also stressed that the committee is expected to come up with a draft executive memo for Federal Executive Council vetting, pledging to back it up with draft Executive Bill that may ultimately place our electoral system on a good pedestal enough to accommodate progressive reforms in future elections and electoral space.