Ahead of the 2019 poll, 25 political parties under the aegis of Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, have asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to review the 2010 Electoral Act.
Muhammad Naldo, chairman of IPAC, said this at a press briefing in Abuja.
“We have 25 political parties here endorsing this resolution. IPAC is calling on the constitutional and electoral committees to work assiduously with the National Assembly to ensure effective and prompt amendments to the 2010 Electoral Act before the 2019 general election,” the chairman said.
Also, the group asked INEC to scrap the State Independent Electoral Commissions, SIECs.
“We are also recommending the scrapping of SIECs to allow a level-playing field for all political parties to participate in elections.
“We are making these demands because we want our democracy to be well protected. All those grey areas that have been very controversial and creating confusion should be addressed, including party supremacy. Let political parties be responsible for the nomination of candidates for election.” Naldo said.
Some of the group’s members include Labour Party, Progressive Peoples Alliance, National Conscience Party, African Democratic Congress, Peoples Redemption Party, among others
By Bright Bassey