By Albert Akota- Abuja
The Acting Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Mrs. Oti Ovrawah has disclosed that the misconceptions arisen in the report of ‘end electoral impunity’ in the 1st phase against the commission has provided a unique opportunity to clarify the methodology and essence of the phase two final report.
The executive secretary who stated this yesterday in Abuja during the launch and presentation of phase two end electoral impunity report, said the commission only studied the extract verbatim statement used by either the election petition tribunal or the court of appeal in related to the election petition not the wrong perception that weather the commission has the power to reviewed judgment of court because the commission doesn’t have such power.
According to her, statement by the court where it indicted either persons or institutions in 2007 and 2011 general elections were put together by the commission for onward transmission to the Attorney General of the federation as well as the states for consideration with a view to further investigation or prosecution.
She commended the NHRC for working assiduously to end electoral impunity because if bold step is not taken, the right to vote and be voted for and other related rights will continually be infringed upon with adversely consequences on democratic governance and institutional accountability.
She reiterated that the commission has commenced preparations for the monitoring of the 2019 general elections including the on-going voter’s registration and the right to political participation as well as monitoring the conduct of security personnel and other stakeholders during the elections.
Speaking earlier, the National Chairman, Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) Muhammad Lawal Nalado said that IPAC is an umbrella body of all registered political party in Nigeria with an objective to promote interparty dialogue and contribute to violence free, fair, credible and transparent electoral process in Nigeria.
He commended the commission for studying electoral misconduct and other electoral crimes in Nigeria which he believe the report will indeed give life to the proposed electoral offenses commission ahead of 2019.
Nalado further said that the importance of breaking the cycle of impunity would be if the electoral act guarantee the independence of the electoral offenses commission from been used as a tool for political witch hunting and vendetta.