Nigeria’s President Umaru Yar’adua has forwarded a bill to allow for Independent candidacy in future elections to the National Assembly.
Six other bills aimed at reforming the country’s electoral system making it more credible and transparent have also be sent to the parliament
“The import of these Bills is to underscore his commitment to addressing the lapses and inadequacies which impinge on the quality and credibility of the electoral process in our country so as to ensure that future elections meet acceptable international standards of fairness and transparency and restore integrity to the ballot box”, says Presidential Spokesman Olusegun Adeniyi
The Bills are:
1. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Act Cap 15 LFN 2004 and other Matters Connected Thereto;
2. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and for other Matters Connected Thereto;
3. A bill for an Act to Establish the Electoral Offences Commission and for other Matters Connected Thereto;
4. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Centre for Democratic Studies and other Related Matters;
5. A Bill for an Act to Further Amend the Police Act 1967 CAP P19 2004 LFN and for Matters Connected Thereto;
6. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Political Parties Registration and Regulatory Commission and for other Matters Connected Thereto; and
7. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Independent National Electoral Commission Act CAP 15 LFN2004 and for other Matters Connected Thereto.