FG Seeks Scrapping Of State Independent Electoral Bodies
FG Seeks Scrapping Of State Independent Electoral Bodies

FG Seeks Scrapping Of State Independent Electoral Bodies

FG Seeks Scrapping Of State Independent Electoral Bodies

The scrapping of the State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECS), handling local government polls in the country.

He said the state electoral body has become an appendage of the incumbent governors nationwide, thereby undermining the development of local government.

Fagbemi made the call in Abuja on Monday, at a national discourse on Nigeria’s Security Challenges and Good Governance at the local government levels organized by the House of Representatives.

The minister, who also is the attorney general of the federation, wants the role of the state electoral body be taken over by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He accused the state governors of using the electoral body to rig local government polls in favor of their preferred candidates.

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According to Fagbemi, the governors have been exploiting the weakness in sections seven, sub section one, 83, sub section 3 and seven, sub section 5 of the 1999 constitution to weaken the local government.

Ogundoyi, who is also the speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, said if local governments were granted autonomy, they would be faced with inadequate resources, especially in urbanized local governments.

This is going to be closely followed by mismanagement or misappropriation of funds or put simply as corruption. The LGA will be answerable to the federal government and other federal agencies.

Going by what we see during oversights, these problems already persist in an incapacitated local government system. One can only imagine the extent of these problems once there are more resources given to them directly.

Let us also not forget the possibility of the federal government usurping the roles of the state governments as the popular saying goes: he who pays the piper dictates the tune. It is, therefore, the general belief of the states that the centre can use the local governments as an instrument against them.

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