Nigerians ‘ll play active role in ongoing electoral reform – Senate 

The Chairman Senate Committee on Electoral Matters, Senator Sharafadeen Alli, has declared that Nigerians were to  participate fully in the ongoing electoral reforms by the National Assembly.

Senator Alli gave the task in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Akeem Abas, and made available to newsmen in Ibadan. 

He stressed that full participation of Nigerians in the ongoing electoral reforms would foster confidence and ensure widespread acceptance.

According to Senator Alli, there was the need for active engagement from citizens to shape the electoral process, adding that the Senate committee was committed to ensuring that the “voice of every Nigerian is heard and considered in the electoral reforms”.

Senator Alli said this inclusive approach, was aimed at building confidence, promoting fairness and ensuring the general acceptability of the electoral process, adding that a committee which had Chief Olisa Agbakoba, SAN; Femi Falana, SAN and Festus Okoye, among others, had been established for the reforms.

“In the ongoing electoral reforms, the Chairman Senate Committee on Electoral Matters said their plan was to hold town hall meeting in every zone of the country and that with funding, they could conduct the meetings in two or more states per zone.

Acknowledging the 2022 Electoral Act as the best Nigeria has had so far, Senator Alli said INEC did better in the 2023 electoral process than what was obtainable in the past.

“Collective efforts of Nigerians is 

crucial in building a transparent and inclusive electoral process that reflects the will of the people. By involving the populace, the reforms will gain legitimacy and enhance the credibility of the electoral system,” he said. 

Senator Alli added, “The electoral law is very good, but Nigerians have patterned their behaviour to accept or believe only a law or process they were actively involved in its making”.

“If people are involved in making the electoral law, they will be confident in the electoral process. This time around, we have already started holding town hall meetings to actualise it”.

The lawmaker maintained that part of the reforms was to have pre-election matters concluded before the election, while post-election matters were determined before swearing-in of elected officers.