According to the punch news,The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria has received free legal services from the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to prosecute electoral offenders in the country. The announcement was made by the President of the NBA, Mr. Olumide Akpata, at a virtual conference on electoral reforms in Abuja.
According to Mr. Akpata, the NBA has set up a team of lawyers who are willing to offer their services free of charge to INEC to prosecute electoral offenders. He also stated that the NBA is committed to supporting INEC in its efforts to conduct free, fair, and credible elections in Nigeria.
The NBA's offer of free legal services to INEC comes at a time when electoral malpractice and violence have been major issues during elections in Nigeria. In recent years, there have been instances of vote-buying, ballot-box snatching, and other forms of electoral fraud that have marred the credibility of elections in the country.
The collaboration between INEC and the NBA is expected to strengthen the capacity of INEC to prosecute electoral offenders and ensure that justice is served. The partnership will also help to promote the rule of law and deter electoral malpractice in Nigeria.
In his response, the Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, thanked the NBA for its offer of free legal services and stated that the collaboration would help to improve the credibility of elections in Nigeria. He also expressed his commitment to working with the NBA to ensure that electoral offenders are brought to justice.
In conclusion, the partnership between INEC and the NBA is a positive development that will help to address the issue of electoral malpractice in Nigeria. The provision of free legal services by the NBA will enhance the capacity of INEC to prosecute electoral offenders, and ultimately contribute to the conduct of free, fair, and credible elections in the country.
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