MasterwebNews 16/5/16: Before INEC Collapses Democracy In Nigeria: Our Case Against The Commission Over Outstanding Parliamentary Polls - Parts 2 & 3

[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), supported by other nine group-members of the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) had on 11th of May 2016 dragged Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to 20 world’s leading democracies and great economies under the UN System, concerning hardened and ill-conceived position of the Commission over outstanding parliamentary rerun polls in Nigeria and its consequential capacity to collapse Nigeria’s fragile democracy and constitutionalism if......READ BELOW:

 

Before INEC Collapses Democracy In Nigeria: Our Case Against The Commission Over Outstanding Parliamentary Polls & Call For Your Urgent Diplomatic Intervention (2)

 

 

(Onitsha Nigeria, 14th of May 2016)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), supported by other nine group-members of the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) had on 11th of May 2016 dragged Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to 20 world’s leading democracies and great economies under the UN System, concerning hardened and ill-conceived position of the Commission over outstanding parliamentary rerun polls in Nigeria and its consequential capacity to collapse Nigeria’s fragile democracy and constitutionalism if unchecked. The letter was addressed to the United Nations Secretary General; Apostolic Nuncio (Pope’s Ambassador to Nigeria); United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR); United States Ambassador to Nigeria; Head, Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria & ECOWAS; EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security (Federica Mogherini); British High Commissioner to Nigeria; Head, African Research Group/Dep. Head/Research Analyst of the UK Foreign& Commonwealth Office (Dr. Clare Thomas) and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Nigeria.

 

 

Others are the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria; Ambassador of the Republic of France to Nigeria; Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria; Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria; Austrian Ambassador to Nigeria; Ambassador of the Netherlands to Nigeria; Ambassador of Switzerland to Nigeria; Belgian Ambassador to Nigeria; Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria; Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria; and Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria. The seven-page letter was also copied to the Senate President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, House of Reps Speaker Yakubu Dogara, INEC Chairman Mahmud Yakubu, and Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, SAN. The letter had successfully been delivered electronically and in hard copies to their recipients.

 

 

Below is the second and concluding part of the letter; first part of it(http://www.intersociety-ng.org/component/k2/item/132-before-inec-collapses-democracy-in-nigeria) was made public on 12th of May 2016. The rest of the letter reads as follows: In Anambra Central Senatorial District, the appellate court order for the conduct of a rerun election into its vacant seat was made by the Enugu Division of the Court of Appeal on 6th of December 2015 and it expired on 6th of March 2016. In Imo North Senatorial District, the order of the Court of Appeal, Owerri Division was made on 11th of December 2015 and it expired on 11th of March 2016, with INEC observing it in gross breach. Two vacant State Legislative Assembly seats are also outstanding in Imo State till date.  The ninety days order of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division to INEC to conduct and conclude a rerun election into the vacant Kogi East Senatorial District seat was made on 2nd of December 2015 and it expired on 2nd of March 2016.

 

 

Be further informed Your Excellencies that we had on 20th of April 2016 written the Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmud Yakubu concerning the subject matter above and called on the Commission to urgently fix new dates for the conduct and conclusion of all outstanding parliamentary elections arising from the 2015 main elections, on account of their judicial nullifications. We complained bitterly, too, that over twelve months after the 2015 general elections were held, the Commission has failed to conduct and conclude its balloting processes in contravention of the existing electoral laws and judicial orders above cited.

 

 

Link to the said letter of ours is provided below: http://intersociety-ng.org/component/k2/item/116-non-conduct-of-outstanding-legislative-reruns-in-imo-anambra--rivers-states-is-an-invitation-to-anarchy. On 27th of April 2016, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria passed a resolution urging INEC to fix new dates, conduct and conclude all outstanding parliamentary elections or reruns including six vacant senatorial seats under reference. The link to the published resolution of the Senate is provided below: http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/04/28/senate-asks-inec-to-conduct-outstanding-senatorial-polls-in-six-districts/.

 

 

On 29th of April 2016, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issued a statement, ignoring Intersociety and Senate’s clarion calls on the Commission to act lawfully by conducting and concluding the said outstanding rerun polls. The Commission admitted observing the court orders in breach and restated its indefinite postponement of all the outstanding parliamentary rerun elections in Anambra, Rivers, Kogi and Imo States; citing “violence and insecurity of its staffs”. The link to its said statement is provided below:  http://www.elombah.com/index.php/reports/6662-breaking-inec-suspends-outstanding-2015-elections-indefinitely. The Commission had few weeks ago conducted and concluded elections in the Federal Capital Territorial and other outstanding reruns in Osun State, etc. Till date, the Commission is still withholding some results of the poor rerun polls it conducted in Rivers State on 19th of March 2016; a period of 52 days.

 

 

To use “insecurity” as a cover to deny over 20 million population their rights to effective, popular and deliberative representation at the National Assembly of Nigeria since December 2015, in this trying period in the life of Nigeria’s statehood that requires round-the-clock aggregation and congregation of the common interests of all ethnic nationalities in matters of legislative democracy; is the worst undoing of INEC. The Commission’s independence, credibility and impartiality are seriously under threats.

 

 

In Anambra Central Senatorial District, the Commission goofed unpardonably by becoming so partisan that it became an interested and biased third party on the issue of “who or

 
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