Falana calls for action on electoral impunity


Femi Falana Senior Advocate of Nigeria:

By Emmanuel Oloniruha

Human Rights Lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, has warned that if nothing was done to address impunity in the electoral system, Nigeria would continue to witness decreasing rate of voters turnout in future elections.

Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), gave the warning on Monday in Abuja, while speaking as a panelist at a Digital Voting Summit, organised by RestoreNaija, an NGO.

According to him, the country’s democracy is being turned to war by the ruling class.

“We are talking about 34 per cent voter turnout in 2015.

“If this trend of electoral brigandage, unprecedented electoral violence and thuggery continues, I am afraid in 2023 we will be talking of less than 10 per cent of registered voter-turnout,” Falana said.

He decried reports of electoral violence including gun shooting, kidnappings and killings in the Saturday governorship election in Kogi, in spite of the more than 30,000 policemen deployed for…

Source: News Agency of Nigeria