Senate want INEC to conduct local govt elections

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Senate has approved the scrapping of the State Independent Electoral Commissions for the conduct of the local government poll.

In a stormy debate in the ongoing amendment of the 1999 constitution okayed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct local government polls.

Dino Melaye, APC-Kogi, said allowing states to oversee conducts of local government elections make a mess of the call for autonomy. Instead, Melaye moved that the Independent National Electoral Commission should conduct the local elections.

“How do we speak of local government autonomy, without addressing the foundation,” argued Mr. Melaye, in seeking states to be stripped of the power to constitute state electoral commissions to conduct local government elections.

Melaye’s motion was adopted by his colleagues when put to voice vote called by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The bill also proposes that no local council should receive allocation except it is democratically constituted.

The Senate continues today with the amendment of the constitution.

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