2021 LG Election: PDP Chair Condemns Kaduna Electoral Law…says it was deliberately designed for Electoral Theft

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By Femi Adi 


The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Kaduna State Chapter has  condemn in the strongest terms the faulty Kaduna State electoral law.
According to Hyat ,  the electoral law was deliberately designed and signed into law by the governor to serve as an instrument for electoral theft and subversion of the will of the people. 


Briefing journalists today at the PDP Secretariat , The Party  Chairman , Hon Felix Hassan Hyat  berated the wisdom of the governor and his legal team for signing into law such a contemptuous document, especially given the claim of Governor of being a progressive democrat committed to improving our electoral process and jurisprudence. 


While pointing out that the introduction of the Electronic Voting Machines to improve the integrity of our elections have been jettisoned by the inability of the courts to determine malpractices and recover stolen mandates for aggrieved parties, and in this case the PDP, he stressed , “We are disappointed in the failure of the Chief Judge of Kaduna State to establish more tribunals as provided for in the electoral law to create room for accommodating more cases as well as the  speedy determination of same given the limited time the electoral law provided. 


“He therefore  demanded  the immediate review of the current electoral law, and for the full participation of the public and relevant stakeholders in the process to forestall future compromise of election outcomes using the courts, as it happened in the recent one.
“It is pertinent to note that the last review of the electoral law by the House of Assembly was shrouded in secrecy, and even after it was signed into law by the governor, getting a copy of the said law became a herculean task. 


He further said  , ” We also call on the good people of Kaduna State to rise up and condemn and also demand the immediate repeal of the state electoral law.Meanwhile, the PDP shall be meeting with its major stakeholders and legal team to determine its next line of action.” 
However , he  described as unacceptable a situation where the election the tribunal received 58 petitions following the LG elections conducted in 2021 and rounded up sittings without delivering judgement on any .


He further said the 2021 LG elections and the issues of impropriety that deprived the will of the people to come to fruition still linger after PDP went to the tribunal to seek redress.
The Chairman ,who overtly expressed dissatisfaction, explained, “The tribunal received 58 petitions following the LG elections conducted in 2021 and by the provision of the Kaduna State Electoral Law, 120 days is set aside for hearing. The 120 days lapsed on Thursday, February 10th, 2022 and the tribunal rounded up even when it did not deliver judgment on any of the 58 cases.


He disclosed that  , ” One of the ambiguities of the LG post-Election Tribunal in the state is the decision of the Chief Judge of Kaduna State to establish just one tribunal that presided over 58 cases in the span of 120 days even when the Kaduna State Electoral Law empowers him to establish more Election Tribunals which shall have original jurisdiction to hear and determine election petitions.


 “For the record, the tribunal in the state began sitting on October 11, 2021 however, it was unable to make an exception in respect of the staggered elections in local government councils of 4th September, 25th September and 23rd October, 2021. This is because the provisions of section 86 (6) of the Kaduna State Electoral Law was explicit when it stipulated that the Tribunal shall stand dissolved not later than 120 days after the date of its first sitting.


“We are, however, not surprised at the turn of events in the Kaduna State Election Tribunal. This is because the very basis of the exercise was faulty. There are a number of provisions in the Kaduna State Electoral Law, 2021 that we can point to in this regard, however, we shall highlight the major flaws of the said Law that we consider archaic and retrogressive; yet they found their way into a piece of legislation drafted by a supposedly progressive government.” He added .

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