Abubakar Malami, the Federation’s attorney General, says the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has done enough to support the development of the electoral process in Nigeria.
Malami, who spoke as a Panelist at the citizens ‘ town hall on electoral reforms organized by YIAGA Africa, said Buhari is committed to electoral reforms.
Describing the electoral process as a system that is developing positively, Malami said there is still room for further improvement.
He said that the current administration is collectively trying to improve the quality of the system as much as possible by empowering INEC, building capacity and ensuring that sanity, accountability is exercised through a legal framework, judicial intervention or Executive intervention.
He said the Buhari administration allows INEC independence and also respects the decisions of the judiciary.
Citing Zamfara as an example, he said that INEC, as a judge, reserves the exclusive right to determine the constitutional compliance of a political party in terms of nominating a candidate
“I think the main attribute of the review is the existence and independence of INEC as an electoral body in terms of effectively performing its duties and the duties of a judge within the framework of the competition of the electoral process, ” he said.
“We are all living witnesses of what happened, for example, in Zamfara. That in its own right, INEC, as a judge, reserves the exclusive right to determine the constitutionality of a political party in terms of nominating a candidate. In addition, for the first time, the judiciary is gaining the desired independence in terms of adjudicating cases related to political processes.
“In fact, in the process of setting up INEC as a judge for elections and the independence of the judiciary in matters of judicial implication, I think it’s only fair that the conclusion is justified by the government; that we really supported the evolution and development of the electoral process and has done enough to strengthen.
“Again, it is wrong to conclude that this administration did not support the evolution of the electoral process.
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“Thus, we really supported joint actions that will contribute to the development of the judicial system. Thus, the question is not whether the Executive branch of the law exists or does not exist, but whether the Executive branch has actually done enough to accelerate the evolution of the electoral process in the context of agreeing to laws that will now improve the quality of implementation.
“In the context of ensuring the independence of INEC and the judicial system, in order to ensure that at the end of the day, the electoral legislation is properly reviewed and observed. I think that we really, as the Executive power, supported the evolution and development of the electoral system and the electoral process.”