The Economic Financial Crimes Commission EFCC and the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC have sharply disagreed on the proposed establishment of Electoral Offences Commission EOC.
To INEC, the commission would not only help to take the campaign against electoral malpractices to highly placed sponsors but relieve it of the extra burden of prosecuting all electoral offenders.
But the EFCC countered the electoral umpire, arguing that the EOC was unnecessary. The anti-graft agency argued that different laws already empowered it, the Police, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other- Related Offences Commission ICPC to arrest and prosecute electoral offenders.
INEC and the EFCC made their positions known during a one-day public hearing of a “Bill for an Act to Establish the National Electoral Offences Commission and Related Matters 2022” conducted by the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters in Abuja.
The bill which is a consolidation of four private member bills as well as the version passed by the Senate provides for an imprisonment of up to 20 years or a fine of 40 million naira or both for the offence of obstructing vote-counting and other acts inhibiting the electoral process.