Electoral malpractices in Nigeria has been blamed on open display of partiality by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), resulting in increasing cases of acts of impunity among participants before and during elections.
This observation was made by the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, in Abuja, and the report was predicated on its study of electoral malpractices observed during the 2015 general election.
The Human Rights body maintains that electoral malpractices will remain attractive in Nigerian unless the electoral body and security agencies involved in the conduct of elections are seen to be impartial, and electoral crimes court also established to try offenders.
The report further challenged election tribunals to rely on Section 146 of the Electoral Act 2010 to refer observed electoral infractions to agencies that are empowered to sanction defaulters.
The report of NHRC had 35 evidences of unlawful conducts among officials of INEC, politicians, lawyers, tribunals and the Nigeria Police Force.