The Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, has advocated collaborative efforts in prosecuting electoral offenders.
He made the call at the 1st Series of National Policy Dialogue on Eradicating Electoral Corruption with focus on vote-buying held in Keffi, Nasarawa State, on Tuesday.
Owasanoye said that the Electoral Act empowered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prosecute electoral offenders, but pointed out that “realistically we know that INEC does not have that power’’.
“Sometimes, anti-corruption agencies are available to support INEC. If we are going to deal with this issue, the prosecution of offenders have to be a collaborative effort that INEC, working with law enforcement agencies, have to deal with together.
“But, it is clear to me that something needs to change in the legal framework that says that INEC is the only one that is…