SERAP Demands Arrest Of Sponsors Of Electoral Offences

A civil society organization, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to probe allegations of electoral bribery and violence in the off-cycle governorship elections in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa states.

SERAP, which made this demand in an open letter it sent to the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, asked the electoral body to establish a joint, credible, transparent, effective, and broad-based investigation into the alleged malpractices and violence.

It also urged the Commission to identify, arrest, name and shame suspected perpetrators and the sponsors of these grave human rights crimes, and ensure their effective prosecution, regardless of their political status or affiliations.

SERAP further wants INEC to disclose the spending details on the governorship elections in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa states, including the specific amount spent to conduct voter and civic education and activities carried out in these states.

In the letter dated November 11, 2023 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation insisted that if INEC is to live up to its constitutional and statutory responsibilities, it must take bold and effective measures to combat the culture of impunity for electoral bribery and violence in the country.

The organisation pointed out that the recurring cases of electoral bribery and violence make a mockery of Nigeria’s electoral process and participatory democracy.

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