Fears that the ongoing election into the executive positions of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) may be rigged have been allayed, as the body has responded to complaints that the link provided to monitor the election was removed.
NBA members have sent in complaints that the online link to monitor the ongoing election was abruptly removed, sparking allegations of underhand plays to manipulate the votes.
Already, there are issues pending about the previous election that brought the outgoing executives of the NBA into office, with the authorities in Nigeria investigating alleged electronic swinging of the election.
However, following general outcry, the monitoring link has been revived, Judicial Sketch was told, and the NBA electoral committee (ECNBA) has assured that members would not fail to follow the progress of the election online at https://go.nigerianbar.org.ng/
Lawyers in Nigerian late Wednesday began to vote for a new set of leaders for their umbrella body, the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), and voters have registered their frustration at the repeated unsuccessful attempts they had to make to cast their votes.
ECNBA said on Wednesday that a total of 29, 635 members were verified and accredited to vote for the body’s national officers in the 2020 election.
A statement jointly signed by ECNBA’s chairman and secretary, Tawo E. Tawo, SAN and Coedelia U. Eke respectively, explained that 1, 604 names with duplicated phone numbers and e-mails were excluded.
The committee said voting was to commence “by 11:00 pm today, 29th July, 2020”, urging members “to conduct themselves in respectable manner for which the legal profession is known.”