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Senate OKs INEC to conduct local government elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has now been empowered by the Senate to conduct elections across local governments in Nigeria, which until now were conducted by State Independent electoral Commissions.

Senate passed the resolution after Dino Melaye moved for the motion during the amendment of the 1999 Constitution.

Melaye argued that for the country to have free and fair local government elections, the INEC must oversee the process and not SIECs.

The federal lawmakers also gave 30 days ultimatum to the President and Governors to appoint Ministers and Commissioners after inauguration into ‎office.

The Senate adhoc Committee in its amendment of the Constitution has also eliminated the joint account between states and local governments.

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