The Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, IPAC, has called for the scrapping of state electoral commissions, SEC, in the country accusing them of being undemocratic and controlled by state governors.
The President of the council, Peter Ameh, during a press briefing blamed poor economic development at the grassroots level on the poor funding of local governments.
According to report, the current system encourages massive rigging because the, SEC, are under the whims and caprices of the state government and the political party in power in each of the states across Nigeria.
Ameh added that if local authorities have autonomy it will be easy to hold them accountable.
Similarly, the council also asked for a national electoral reform conference to review Nigeria’s electoral process adding that they will support the National Assembly on any moves aimed at granting financial autonomy to local governments in the country.