LAGOS: A MEDIA rights advocacy group has commended the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, and the Anambra State House of Assembly for passing the Breaches of Peace and Unlawful Assemblies Prohibition Law 2015. The law prohibits unlawful gathering likely to breach peace ahead of elections and beyond.
Ezekiel Amanambu, the Executive Director of Media Ethnics and Rights Initiative, an Onitsha based organisation, welcomed the law. “Electioneering campaigns and elections in Anambra has over the years been turned into circus of sorts with pot-pouri of violent clashes amongst multiple candidates contesting for positions on same party platform contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act thereby confusing the electorates and unnecessarily heating-up an otherwise peaceful state,” he told media.
“It must be noted that Anambra has operated under this multiple candidates scenario during elections for many years with silent complains and no action leading to the confusion of voters and lack of quality representation at various levels post elections. It is therefore heartening to see the outcome of clear Executive – Legislative cooperation for the good of the people.”
Amanambu said the legislation promoted law and order and is for the good of all men and women of goodwill. “I therefore call on peace loving people to commend it. I am particularly grateful that we have a security-conscious governor who understands the need for such a people’s law.” Tensions have characterised the run-up to the general elections scheduled for next month.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY