Lagos — The Transition Monitoring Group(TMG) has kicked against the decision of state governors to set-up transition committees to replace council chairmen and councillors at the expiration of the tenure on May 29.
In a communiqu issued at the end of a meeting to review recent political developments in the country, TMG said that it would be unconstitutional to replace elected council officials with a 90-day transitional committees.
The communiqu signed by its co-ordinator, Mr. John Onyeukwu, TMG called on government to reconsider its decision on the issue arguing that it might generate more controversies.
In order to avert any political stalemate on the matter, it recommended that councils should be run by the most senior civil servant from May 29 to August 10 when elections woulds be held into the councils.
While expressing satisfaction with the Supreme Court verdict on the controversy surrounding the tenure of councils chairmen, it called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the Electoral Bill and forward it to the president for assent.
TMG also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to expedite the process of registering more political parties to enable new parties prepare for forthcoming elections.
While commending the federal government for releasing money to the Commission for the review of voters' register, its stated that it would train and deploy observers for the purpose of monitoring the registration of voters and the council polls.
It added that it was committed to a fair, transparent and accountable electoral system adding that it would also continue to monitor the electoral process.