By Ikeugonna Eleke
The Public Complaints Commission (PCC) says it will participate actively in the 2019 general elections and also help election petition tribunals to hear cases from aggrieved politicians.
The Federal Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission (PCC) for Anambra State, Prince Samben Nwosu, stated this recently during an advocacy visit to the Resident Electoral Commissioner of 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 Complaints Commission Act, Cap P37 Law of Nigeria in 2004.
He said, ‘I regard this visit as a forum for us to exchange ideas and devise ways of working in synergy for a better service delivery to the good people of Anambra State, both in pre-election and post-election matters.
‘It might interest you to learn that section 5(2) of the said Act empowers the commission to investigate, either on its own initiative or following complaints lodged before it, 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 pre-election and post-election 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 elections, and that as an ombudsman, it hoped to help politicians resolve issues that would arise from the 2019 elections.
‘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,’ he said.
Nkwachukwu who received the delegation thanked them for coming, while promising to ensure a fruitful synergy between his commission and PCC.