A citizen centred campaign to support and strengthen the integrity of the judiciary by ensuring that only credible judges participate in the Election Petition Tribunals has been launched.
According to the Civil Society Network Against Corruption, the project seeks to support the judiciary to rise up to its assignment.
“We request and encourage members of the public, who may have any information of questionable conduct against any of the judges on the list published for election Tribunal, to kindly avail us with such information,” said Olanrewaju Suraju, chairman of CSNAC.
“Whereas the outcomes of the 2015 General elections have been largely applauded, it is pertinent that the exercise is properly concluded and fortified by a credible, impartial and swift election petition process as this will improve and increase public confidence in electoral democracy and help reduce pre and post-election violence and resort to self-help.
“In view of the foregoing therefore, and more importantly against the background of allegations of corruption and untoward practices by some judges involved in previous election petition processes, it is more imperative that all hands come on deck to support the Judiciary to rise up to this all important national assignment.”
225 judges and 27 chief magistrates are serving in the 2015 Election Petition Tribunals across the states.
Most of the states’ tribunals have already commenced sittings as political parties and candidates have begun filing their petitions challenging the outcome of the March 28 and April 11 elections.
CSNAC said it would collate information gathered from the public for immediate referral to the Judicial Service Commission for investigations, review and possible recall of indicted judges.
“It is important that any information provided must be credible, verifiable and cogent,” said Mr. Suraju.
“Any information found to be malicious and frivolous might be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation and possible prosecution. Such an informant might also have a civil law suit on defamation instituted against him.
“CSNAC however, assures anyone with useful information and petitions that information provided will be treated with utmost confidentiality and their identities will be protected.”

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