Senate okays INEC to conduct local govt elections
Following the constitutional amendment report which was submitted to the Senate on Tuesday, the red Chamber has reasoned that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will henceforth be conducting local government elections of states.
Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial district while speaking on grey areas of the report, emphasized that autonomy of local governments was sacrosanct, canvassing that they could only be fairness, if elections into councils were handled by INEC.
“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, it was obvious that at the state level, governors sit down in the comfort of their offices to appoint local government Chairmen and so there was no fairness.
” I am glad that past governors who are here have supported this suggestion, I therefore, asked that the amendment be carried,” Melaye said.
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki through a voice vote upheld that the responsibility of conducting local government elections be taken away from the state to Independent National Electoral Commission.
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