Constitution review: NILDS DG, Reps accuse govs of executive rascality

Constitution review: NILDS DG, Reps accuse govs of executive rascality Constitution review: NILDS DG, Reps accuse govs of executive rascality

The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies has called on the National Assembly to amend the Constitution so as to address the high turn over of lawmakers at federal and state levels.NILDS Director General, Abubakar Sulaiman, made the call in a lecture on the High Turnover of Lawmakers: Impact and Way Forward.

As at the last count, 135 of the 360 members of the House of Representatives will not be returning to the parliament in the next Assembly. This is because they failed to secure the tickets of their respective political parties to partake in the 2023 elections.

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Of more concern is that some of the members on INEC’s ballot may not win the election It is a topic tor discussion at this event organised by the House of Representatives’ Press Corps.

DG NILDS is worried about the High Turnover of Lawmakers, its Impact and the way Forward. He identified the excesses of the Executives, particularly the state governors, as one of the factors responsible for the low number of Lawmakers who get to return to the parliament.

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Rotational arrangement, unabated expectations of constituents and misconception of the role of legislators are also identified as factors to be addressed to reverse the trend.

The challenge from the Guest Lecturer to the National Assembly is that the Constitution must be amended and from their perspective, the major problem is Executive rascality.

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For the organiser and one of the organisations that have committed to building the capacity of the legislators, advocacy is key

 

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