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House Of Reps To Probe Military Involvement In General Election

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House Of Reps To Probe Military Involvement In General Election

The House of Representatives has adopted a motion to probe the involvement of military personnel in the just- concluded general elections.

The House resolved to set up an Ad-hoc committee to probe the role of the military in the elections.

The committee is expected to undertake comprehensive investigation of the deployment of soldiers during the polls and other elections and alleged abuses by the soldiers during the poll and report back to the chamber within four weeks; for further legislative action.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Patrick Asadu, at yesterday’s plenary, on alleged illegal deployment of soldiers during the general election.

Leading debate on the motion, Asadu said it was illegal and unconstitutional for the military to be involved in elections in the country.

The lawmaker also disclosed that, so far, three court judgements have declared the involvement of soldiers in elections as illegal and alleged it was unfortunate that some of the soldiers, especially those deployed in Rivers State, allegedly became partisan in the election and interfered in the electoral process.

Ayomide Ayano

A writer, communicator, Graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a Christian.

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