Jega says National Assembly lacks powers to re-order 2019 polls

Jega calls for more reforms to make electoral process credible

The immediate past chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has expressed concern over the re-ordering of the sequence of the 2019 polls by the National Assembly.

Jega, who conducted the 2015 polls, said the National Assembly is not constitutionally empowered to re-order the sequence of polls.

The former INEC chairman, speaking on the issue at a forum in Abuja, said only INEC is empowered by the 1999 constitution to organize and sets dates for the polls.

Apart from its illegality, the former INEC chairman explained that, the new time table for the polls unveiled by the National Assembly will also raise the costs of conducting the 2019 polls.

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