Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to direct the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate allegations of electoral violence and other electoral offences against some state governors and their deputies during the 2023 elections.
SERAP, in its suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/583/2023, is asking the court for an order of mandamus compelling INEC to seek the appointment of independent counsel to investigate allegations of electoral offences against the state governors and their deputies.
Leadership reports that the civil society organisation is also praying the court for an order of mandamus compelling INEC to promptly, thoroughly and effectively investigate reports of electoral violence and other electoral offences committed during the elections, identify suspected perpetrators and their sponsors, and ensure their effective prosecution.
The applicant is also asking the court to grant an order of mandamus directing and compelling INEC to prosecute all arrested electoral offenders in the 2023 general election in the custody of law enforcement and anticorruption agencies.
In an affidavit attached to the suit, SERAP averred that by allegedly engaging in electoral violence and other electoral offences in such blatant a fashion, suspected perpetrators and their sponsors have clearly acted in violation of constitutional provisions, international standards and the Electoral Act.