Lawyers in Plateau State have been told to be partners in progress with judges in ensuring free, fair and credible elections come next year.
Rev. Prof. Pandang Yamsat made the plea during the 2018 Law Week 21st Hon. Justice Azaki and Memorial Lectures tagged: ‘The Role of Lawyers in Engineering Free, Fair, Credible and Acceptable Elections in Nigeria’ organized by the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in the state recently.
He described it as mandatory for lawyers to believe in the supremacy of the law and defend the stability of the democratic system through which credible leaders are elected.
According to him, the supremacy of the law is expected to be over and above persons no matter how highly placed, but for the good and protection of the rights of every law abiding citizen to vote and be voted for and make his or her votes count.
“As we therefore approach yet another election year in Nigeria, it cannot be over emphasized that free, fair and credible elections are mechanism for political stability and peaceful coexistence,” he explained.
He said electoral justice must be deliberately championed through instituting a transparent, accountable and credible election process.
He noted that international observers have alluded that past elections have been marred by vote buying, electoral violence, intimidation, and poor management of electoral logistics and imposition of candidates and buying of voter at primaries against popular will of party members and manipulation of results during election.
Rev Prof. Yamsat stressed the need for modus operandi for improving electoral outcome through credible, free and fair electoral process.
He explained that NBA is in the position to develop a framework for tracking election results and reporting same by serving as electoral observer.
From Christiana Gokyo, Jos