The Initiative for Grassroot Advancement, INGRA has criticized the nominees of Kogi Point out Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello as a member of the Point out Independent Electoral Fee (SIEC).
The Governor via his Main Press Secretary in statement on Wednesday night had forwarded eight names to the Condition Household of Assembly, for Screening and Clearance which is envisioned to take put currently at the hallowed chamber.
The SIEC nominees as submitted by the Governor to the House include things like Lawal Shiru, Chairman Lokoja/Koto Federal Constituency
Ozovehe John Enesi ,Secretary Adavi/Okehi Federal Constituency, Adaji Ainoko, Member Dekina/Bassa Federal Constituency.
Other people are Musa Adama (Babakeke), Member Idah Federal Constituency, Hon. Funsho Olorunfemi, Member Kabba/Bunu Federal Constituency, Chogudo Yakubu Musa, Member Okene/Ogori Magongo Federal Constituency,vHon. Labaran Yahaya Oyigebe, Member Ankpa Federal Constituency and Abdulkarim Jamiu, Member Ajaokuta Federal Constituency.
The Governor’s recommendation is dependent on portion 197, sub-portion 1(b) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
Every day Submit experiences that, the duty of the SIEC is to carry out absolutely free, reasonable and credible Community Governing administration and Council polls in the state.
Reacting to the composition of SIEC, the Govt Director of INGRA, Hamza Aliyu in a assertion on Thursday lamented that, the Kogi Point out Government needs to appoint card-carrying customers of a political get together that will have vested desire in the result of the elections, as associates of the Commission and most importantly as the Chairperson of the commission.
Aliyu noticed that, this will surely be furnishing undue edge to the political social gathering and will undoubtedly not supply the necessary notion of fairness and stage actively playing industry wanted for a credible election.
The Activist also carpeted the governor for excluding gals from the SIEC nominees.
The statement reads in part, ”The announcement on the 12th February 2020 by the Kogi State Government, by the Spokesperson of the Govt Governor Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, of the composition and forwarding of the members of the Kogi Point out Independent Electoral commission (SIEC) is a welcome growth and will established in movement pursuits towards the lengthy overdue elections into our area govt councils, which had been ruled by unelected officers since 2016.
“It is odd that the Kogi Point out Authorities would like to appoint card-carrying associates of a political party that will have vested interest in the consequence of the elections, as members of the Commission and most importantly as the Chairperson of the fee. This will surely be delivering undue gain to the political social gathering and will certainly not furnished the essential perception of fairness and amount participating in field desired for a credible election.
“In as considerably as we are clamouring for elections into the neighborhood authorities councils, there is need to have for each and every political bash to have a feeling of fairness heading into the elections
“We are also dismayed that the membership of the Fee is devoid of customers of the Civil Culture who have around time demonstrated their potential and resourcefulness in partaking the electoral approach both at Point out and Countrywide levels. There is need for the State Authorities to glance into this issue.
“There is also a obtrusive absence of women from the fee. This all over again speaks to the deliberate policy of the Condition Governing administration in excluding gals from the governance composition in the state. We advocate the inclusion of at least 1 lady in accordance with the NEW Route Plan on Gender inclusion”.