Professor Attahiru Jega, former Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called for a review of extant laws to further deepen democracy in the country.
Jega made the call on Tuesday in a paper, titled “Curbing Electoral Spending and Voter Inducement in Nigeria: The Role Of Regulatory And Law Enforcement Agencies” which he presented at a one-day National Democracy Day Anti-Corruption Summit held in Abuja.
Mr Jega recommended that more attention should be paid to the strengthening of campaign finances and legislation against vote buying.
According to the paper; “The objective is to impose limits on campaign and general political finance spending and impose stiff penalties for none compliance.”
He added that corporate contributions to political parties and candidates should be banned.
Other recommendations included strengthening the capacity and relative independence of security and anti-corruption agencies as well as INEC.
The former INEC Chairman said this is to monitor political actors and enforce compliance with legal requirements of campaign financing and vote-buying in the Constitution and the Electoral Act without fear, partiality or favour.