Eminent jurists and attorneys have referred to as for the scrapping of all appeals in pre and post-election circumstances within the nation as a approach of arresting the spate of litigations by politicians and their political events.
The jurists comprising Justices of Supreme Court docket, Court docket of Enchantment Justices, excessive courtroom judges and senior attorneys within the nation referred to as for one-time tribunal for all classes of elections with none additional enchantment to some other courtroom within the hierarchy of courts.
The jurists and the senior attorneys got here to the conclusion after they participated in a 3-day nationwide workshop on “Reform of Election Litigation Processes: A Perspective on Adjudication.
The brainstorming workshop was put collectively by the Court docket of Enchantment in collaboration with the Worldwide Basis for Electoral System IFES in Abuja.
Of their communique solely obtained by DAILY POST on Tuesday, the jurists and attorneys famous with concern the alarming price at which Nigerian politicians and their political events bombard courts with collection of circumstances earlier than, throughout and after elections.
To stem the tide, they held that subjecting election circumstances to a one-time tribunal would assist in sanitizing the physique polity of the nation.
The communique famous the laudable however novel proposition geared in direction of the elimination of all types of delays normally occasioned by the degrees of appeals in pre-election and post-election issues.
It, nonetheless, held that every one pre-election and post-election issues be heard and decided as soon as and for all with none enchantment to some other courtroom.
To realize their proposal, the jurists and attorneys recommended the composition of the Election Petition Tribunals and Court docket to incorporate
”A five-man panel made up of a Justice of the Court docket of Enchantment as Chairman, and 4 different members, together with a Justice of the Court docket of Enchantment and three Judges of the Excessive Court docket or its equal for the Home of Representatives Election Petition Panel.”
”Senatorial Election Petition Panel to comprise of a five-man panel made up of a Justice of the Court docket of Enchantment as Chairman and 4 different members, together with two Justices of the Court docket of Enchantment and two Judges of the Excessive Court docket or its equal
”Governorship Election Petition Tribunal of a five-man panel made up of a Justice of the Supreme Court docket as Chairman and 4 different members, together with one Justice of the Supreme Court docket, one Presiding Justice of the Court docket of Enchantment, one Justice of the Court docket of Enchantment and one Choose of the Excessive Court docket or its equal.
”Presidential Election Petition Court docket to encompass a six-man panel made up of a Justice of the Supreme Court docket as Chairman and 6 different members, together with one Justice of the Supreme Court docket, a Presiding Justice of the Court docket of Enchantment, a Justice of Court docket of Enchantment, two Judges of Excessive Court docket or its equal.
Additionally they spoke of the necessity to revisit the difficulty of adopting Different Dispute Decision (ADR) to Electoral issues and one other revisit to the difficulty of multinational of a Constitutional Court docket.
The communique additionally canvassed that every one legal guidelines regarding election conduct within the nation be completely overhauled and reformed to make election outcomes acceptable to each the winners, losers and your complete citizenry.
Members on the workshop canvassed that the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) do every part inside its legit powers to make sure that the digital voting system is included into the Electoral Act.
The contributors additionally referred to as for the enthronement and institutionalization of equity and speedy dispensation of justice in election issues due to its a number of results on democracy, good governance, rule of regulation, peace and socio-political growth of Nigeria.
Members had been drawn from the Supreme Court docket, Court docket of Enchantment, Excessive Courts and Senior Legal professionals within the Nation.