What will happen to Nigeria’s election system after the PEPT judgement?

Sep 9, 2023 | 2023 Elections

Nigeria faces a critical moment after the 2023 presidential election and the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal’s Wednesday ruling.

The emphasis is now on improving Nigeria’s voting system to strengthen democracy. Saturday Vanguard highlights stakeholder viewpoints and reform ideas.

Change 1999 Constitution, Electoral Act—ICPC Chief of External Cooperation Obi Kingsley Obi, ICPC’s Chief of External Cooperation, said.

His disappointment was a squandered chance for grandeur and development in Nigeria’s 24 years of democracy.

This setback was due to politicians, INEC, the government, and the populace breaking the rules. Obi stressed that the 2023 elections’ result is a national concern and called for immediate action.

“I voted with high hopes and urged others to do likewise. We observed and reported the election, he claimed.

Obi spoke passionately about Nigeria’s future, saying, “I love the hopes of the future more than the history of the past.” He believed Nigeria could overcome its issues and build a brighter future. How to proceed? He acknowledged that revising the Electoral Act and 1999 Constitution is important.

He said, “The Electoral Act should be amended to include sanctions for false declaration of election results, requiring government appointees to resign before joining a campaign council, not uploading election results in real time, late arrival of materials, law enforcement agents who aid in election rigging or disruption, and a revised election timetable for parliament and the executive branch.”

The Constitution should also be amended to prohibit elected officials from swearing in until all pending cases are resolved, set time limits for election-related cases, like Kenya’s system, establish a mandatory schedule with a timeline, and create an independent electoral offences commission.

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