NBA electoral panel warns against disenfranchisement
The Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA) has warned that NBA branches that fail to submit lists of their eligible members stands the risk of disenfranchisement.
The committee regretted that only few of the leaders of the Bar have responded to the request for the submission of names of members who have paid their Bar Practising Fee (BPF) and Branch Dues (BD) as at March 31, 2020.
“While we understand that the country has been in various stages of lockdown and restriction of movement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee is aware that not all parts of the country are equally affected in the same degree. We are also aware that banks have been functional in most parts of the country, as such are able to provide branches with statements of their accounts from which dues payments can be extracted.
“It goes without saying that branches that do not supply the required information of their members may unwittingly put them at the risk of being disenfranchised in the forthcoming elections,” the committee said in a statement signed by its chairman, Tawo E. Tawo (SAN).
The committee, therefore solicits the cooperation of branch chairmen in that regard, to enable it compile a credible list of voters and ensure that every eligible lawyer is not denied the opportunity of exercising his/her right to vote and commended those branches that responded promptly to the request.
Tawo announced that the NBA election will hold on July 24 and 25, 2020, adding that compiling the register of eligible voters is one of the major issues that is being addressed by the committee.
ECNBA further assured that it would carry out other aspects of its assignment which include, selection of an IT consultant, receiving duly completed nomination forms, screening of aspirants and publication of the names of qualified candidates for the elections, amongst others diligently.
The committee further stated that more updates would be placed on the NBA website as the need arises to keep members abreast of their activities and advised members to always endeavor to get information from the right source to avoid being misled by fake news.