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Reps group advocates two VPs, conduct of elections in one day

There is advocacy on amendment to the 1999 Constitution for the conduct of all elections — from the local government to the presidency — in one day to save costs and to also remove ‘undue influence’ in the outcome of the elections.

The seekers also advocate the introduction of two vice presidents to take care of emergencies such as the death of the President.

Addressing a news conference on Monday [today] at the National Assembly, the group wants all pre-election matters to be concluded 30 days before the conduct of an election, adding that going ahead with an election when pre-election matters are still in court has not been helpful to the electoral process.

Spokesman of the group, Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere, said it is their view also that the constitution be amended to include a rotational presidency with cognisance of the six geopolitical zones and the introduction of two vice presidents to take care of emergencies such as the death of the President.

Ugochinyere said that conducting all elections in one day will save costs for the nation, ensure greater participation and guarantee electoral credibility with Nigerians being more vigilant.

They are also advocating 14 days for the electoral umpire to provide certified true copies of electoral documents to candidates who want to file a petition while advocating a one-year jail term for the electoral officer who refuses to provide such documents.

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The lawmakers are also advocating an amendment to the electoral laws to provide 14 years in prison to an electoral officer who failed to transmit election results electronically or result so provided conflict with each other’s.

The lawmakers said: “On governance, we are proposing:

• Constitutional Alteration to provide for the rotation of executive powers among the six geopolitical zones to ensure equal representation and reduce the desperation and tempo of agitation for the creation of states.

• To amend section 3 of the Constitution to provide for the recognition of the division of Nigeria into six geopolitical zones.

• To amend the Constitution to provide for a single tenure of six years for the President and Governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The reduction in government spending and wastage, efficiency in governance, and national stability by providing a single term of six years for the president and governors.

• Amend the Constitution to create the office of two vice presidents from the southern and northern parts of Nigeria. The 1st vice shall be a succession Vice president, while the 2nd Vice president shall be a Minister in charge of the Economy, and both shall be Ministers.

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• Constitutional Amendment to provide that the President and the 1st Vice President shall come from the same part of the country (north or south) and the 1st Vice President shall become President whenever the President becomes incapacitated, i.e., V.P. (Succession), V.P. (Administration and Economy).

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