NCC Controlling INEC’s Power is unconstitutional – Tambuwal
Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, has said that the decision of the Senate to subject INECs constitutional power to conduct elections to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and National Assembly is patently unconstitutional.
In a statement he released in Abuja on Thursday, Tambuwal, who is also the Governor of Sokoto State, stated that INEC’s constitutional jurisdiction cannot be shared with any organization.
“For the avoidance of doubt, S.78 of the Constitution provides that ‘The Registration of voters and the conduct of elections shall be subject to the direction and supervision of Independent National Electoral Commission’.”
“INEC is entitled to hold, conduct and supervise all elections in Part 1(F), Part 1, S.15 of the Third Schedule.
“INEC operations shall not be subject to the direction of anybody or authority, according to the Constitution,”
Tambuwal stated that undoubtedly, the manner of election and reporting of results was essential in Nigeria’s conduct, supervision, conduct and organization of elections.
“The National Assembly has, of course, the right to develop the legal framework, but must be concistent with the constitution .
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