The Tawo E. Tawo SAN’s Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA) has assured Nigerian lawyers of its commitment to ensuring that the July 2020 election of National Officers of the Association would be credible.
The above assurance was made in a press release issued by the Electoral body titled NBA NATIONAL ELECTIONS 2020 – THE JOURNEY SO FAR. In the press release signed by its chairman, the ECNBA highlighted some of its activities in the build up to the election to include; Publication of a Preliminary Notice of Elections; Publication of Election Guidelines; Call for Proposals on IT Consultancy for the election (e-voting); Call for Branch Bar Dues Lists and National BPF list for Voters Register; Publication of Nomination Forms on the NBA Website
Assuring members of its effort to ensure transparency and integrity of the process the ECNBA noted
“The Committee was briefed that the NBA has its own e-voting platform/portal for elections developed by TAVIA, an IT firm. TAVIA was invited to brief the Committee in conjunction with the NBA IT Officer Umar Gezawa, on the said NBA election platform/portal.”
“Further to the said briefing, the ECNBA decided that in spite of the advantages of such a portal, exploring the use of other viable e-voting platforms if necessary is not foreclosed.”
“As such there was the need to engage an independent IT Consultant that would examine the NBA portal and critique same, its integrity, functionality and suitability or otherwise for the purpose of the elections as well as advise on other options. The Consultant would also be required to identify avenues for possible threats, and advise on how to contain same.”
“Notwithstanding the above, the platform or portal to deploy for the election by the ECNBA would largely be dependent on the advice and report of the IT Consultant.”
Speaking further on the above assurances the ECNBA Chairman noted:
“The ECNBA 2020 wishes to assure our colleagues that it holds this assignment as a sacred one and will do its best to execute same to the best of its ability and in the best interest of the legal profession.”
“The ECNBA is totally independent. Mr. Paul Usoro SAN and his elected executive have given the ECNBA the needed liberty to do what is just and proper for the benefit of the profession in Nigeria. All candidates for the 2020 Elections shall be treated equally.”
The ECNBA also appealed to lawyers to shun activities that would be counter productive to the exercise by ensuring that they abide by the rules of engagement for the election.
“Every member of our noble profession has a shared responsibility to protect the integrity of the electoral process by shunning any activity that would be subversive and counter-productive to this exercise and to ensure that other individuals or groups also abide by the rules of engagement for the elections.”
“Candidates and their supporters are advised to abide by the rules provided for the campaigns as the ECNBA will do the needful and not hesitate to apply the relevant Constitutional provisions against any Aspirant or Supporter that is found to have fallen foul of them. Anyone in doubt pertaining to any electoral provision is at liberty to seek clarification from the ECNBA by sending an email using the address stated above.”
It would be recalled that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Association, on the 12th of March 2020, appointed a five members Electoral Committee led by Tawo E. Tawo SAN to midwife the process of electing new officers to pilot the affairs of the Association for another two (2) years.
See detailed press release below