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Ken Nnamani condemns process of appointing INEC chairman.

Former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani, on Tuesday, said the process of appointment of chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was faulty.

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to adopt the recommendations of the Uwais Report in order to wholistically reform the nation's electoral system.

Nnamani made the call in a keynote address entitled, Towards a More Credible, Fair and Free Elections in Nigeria, presented at the 3rd Oronto Douglas Memorial Dialogue held in Abuja.

Former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani, on Tuesday, said the process of appointment of chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was faulty.

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to adopt the recommendations of the Uwais Report in order to wholistically reform the nation's electoral system.

Nnamani made the call in a keynote address entitled, Towards a More Credible, Fair and Free Elections in Nigeria, presented at the 3rd Oronto Douglas Memorial Dialogue held in Abuja.

He said: 'It is obvious that the Uwais Report represents a high point in the search for an electoral system that will suit Nigeria's peculiar circumstances.

'The eminent members of that committee proposed many innovations that could restore credibility and fairness to our electoral system. Unfortunately, many of these innovative proposals were not implemented.'

Nnamani, a former chairman of the Constitution and Electoral Reform Committee, stressed the need for Nigeria to learn from South Africa in the appointment of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

'The independence of the election management body is mostly determined by the mode of appointment.

'In South Africa and some African countries, the process of appointment of electoral management officials is more of competitive recruitment where those appointed will have a sense that they merited the position, not that they are beneficiaries of political patronage.'

Nnamani also expressed concern over the high cost of conducting elections in the country and issues of election security and violence.

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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Article Type:Obituary
Geographic Code:6NIGR
Date:Apr 18, 2019
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