Nigeria: Labour Party Demands Full Autonomy For Local Councils

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As the National Assembly resumes plenary session and debate on the Electoral Act the Labour Party has urged the Assembly to ensure full autonomy for local government councils as well as the abolition of State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC).

The party said any amendment that failed to give full autonomy to local government councils, as well as abolish the SIEC is an amendment only meant to serve the political elite.

It said that the amended Electoral Act should grant the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the responsibility to conduct local government elections in the country.

In a statement issued yesterday by the National Secretary of the LP, Mr. Julius Abure said the decision of the National Assembly to embark on the two-week vacation purposely for the membership revalidation of a political party at a time the country was facing various challenges is unfortunate.

Abure also urged the legislators to wear the garment of patriotism and for once take the opportunity of the ongoing amendment to reflect the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

Other areas the Labour Party would want the National Assembly to consider during the amendment include an amendment that will legitimise the use of technology in the electoral system, which will ease the participation of the visually impaired persons and other persons living with disabilities in the electoral process, as well as enhance youth participation in electoral process among others.

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