Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has said that the election reorder undermined the independence of the electoral body.
Jega stated this at an event organised by the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Development in Abuja on Thursday, questioning the power of the National Assembly to alter the sequence of the 2019 elections.
Speaking at the event with the theme, ‘Is Nigeria’s Democracy Under Threat?’ Jega opined that the National Assembly’s action undermined the independence of INEC.
According to him several sections of the 1999 Constitution clearly stipulate that the power to organise and set the date for elections remain the exclusive preserve of INEC.
He also claimed that the cost of election would be higher if the National Assembly succeeded in changing the election sequence.