2019: How we’ll participate actively in election – Complaint Commission

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The Public Complaint Commission (PCC) has said it would participate actively in the 2019 general election, and also help election petition tribunals hear cases from aggrieved politicians.


The federal commissioner, Public Complaint Commission (PCC) for Anambra State, Prince Samben Nwosu stated this recently during an advocacy visit to the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, Dr Nwachukwu Orji.

Nwosu, while addressing the REC, said the PCC was an independent body established by the federal government in 1975 by decree 31 and enshrined in the constitution as Public Complaint Commission Act Cap P37 law of Nigeria in 2004.

He said, “I regard this visit as a forum for us to exchange ideas and device ways of working in synergy for a better service delivery to the good people of Anambra State, both in preelection and postelection matters.

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“It might interest you to learn that section 5(2) of the said act empowers the commission to investigate, either on his own initiative or following complaints lodged before him by any person on any administrative action taken by any ministry, department or agencies of government or their officials.

“Based on the aforementioned mandate, the commission humbly request to always be a part of activities in the electoral process. Our partnership will afford the commission the opportunity to examine various preelection and postelection complaints and reports, which fall outside the purview of the election tribunal and through this way, nip certain problems in the bud before they become more cancerous.”

Nwosu further told journalists, in an interview, that the commission was considering sending monitors out in the 2019 election, and that as an ombudsman, it hopes to help politicians resolve issues that would arise from the 2019 election.

“People would believe us more if we told them some of the problems associated in the election that cause their failure, more than they will believe INEC. This is because we are a neutral body.”

Orji, who received the delegation, thanked them for coming, while promising to ensure a fruitful synergy between his commission and the PCC.