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Electoral Malpractice: NHRC Indicts Iwu, Uduaghan, Osunbor

emmanuel udhgahThe National Human Rights Commission(NHRC) report on electoral malpractices has indicted former chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), Maurice Iwu, former Delta governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, former Edo state governor, Oserheimen Osunbor and others for various offences.

Also indicted are the Independent National Electoral Commission and its officials in Anambra, Ebonyi, Delta, Kastina, Kogi and Rivers States, the Appeal Court, Election Petition Tribunals and political parties such as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Nigerian People Party (ANPP).

In the report released by the commission termed ‘Electoral Accountability Project/and Electoral Impunity Project’, Prof. Bem Angwe, executive secretary of the commission, said , had over 118 indictments ranging from various forms of malpractice and violence during the 2007/2011 general elections.

Prof. Angwe said those indicted will be further investigated and charged to the appropriate courts of the land.
“With the finalisation of this report, that list has been upgraded and will also be sent to the AGF and state attorneys-general,” he said.

“We hope necessary steps will be taken to ensure that these people or institutions indicted are held accountable for their infractions during the 2007 and 2011 elections.”

The executive secretary said that holding them accountable would surely curb electoral impunity in the country.
Angwe noted that unless steps were taken to deal with electoral impunity, the right to vote and be voted for and related rights would continued to be infringed upon.

He said that the next step was for the commission to begin a holistic look into the 2015 election as well.
“The commission will soon commence public hearing to investigate those involved in hate speeches and violence in the 2015 election and even the 1999 elections,” he said.

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