A social rights group, Center For Liberty, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly, to recommit to an enduring Electoral Reforms, and ensure the accelerated passage of the Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill 2019.
The group said: “we are without doubt that countries with credible electoral processes seem to be better governed the world over, and therefore there is a direct correlation between the quality of the electoral process that can guarantees credible recruitment process for leaderships and good governance.
CFL in a statement signed by its co-conveners, Ariyo-Dare Atoye and Adebayo Raphael, also observed that: “since Electoral Act Amendment Bill has become a most sought after legislation in the country by Nigerians, it has therefore become very pertinent for political parties, election observer groups, international monitors, civil societies, the media and every concerned stakeholder to relaunch a fervent demand for electoral reforms and demand the passage of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
“In addition, the 9th Senate and House of Representatives must as a matter of urgency, factor into its legislative deliberations an amended Electoral Act that will address the political consequences and socio-economic impact of sub-standard elections, prevent the endless anguish and trepidation foisted on electorates as a result of election violence, and also prevent the general threat of less than free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria’s democratic and electoral processes.
“After 20 years of uninterrupted democratic dispensation Nigeria, it is incumbent on every Nigerian to ensure we conduct elections that meet global standard and can be a reference point like the June 12, 1993 Presidential Election.
The group had used the occasion of the 2020 Democracy Day on June 12, to galvanize the public towards electoral reforms that will address the current deficit in the in the electoral process, adding that, “CFL is committed to a comprehensive reform of the legal frameworks underpinning elections in Nigeria.”
As a matter reawakening the essence of June 12, the pro-democracy group said, “this the time for the 9th National Assembly to learn from the painful impasse between the Executive and 8th Legislative Session over a similar proposed legislation, by letting the occasion of June 12 Democracy Day anniversary and its essence, to spur them into action, and ensure that this bill is passed this year 2020.
“June 12 is very significant to the history of electioneering in Nigeria; it is recognized locally and internationally as a special day that Nigeria recorded the freest, fairest and most credible election ever, and a period in which Nigerians put aside their differences and ethno-religious fault-lines to elect a popular President. From1999 to 2018, June 12 was marked as Abiola’s Day/ Democracy Day, and celebrated every year in the South Western states of Nigeria,” the statement added.