Appeal Court President Warns Tribunal Officials against Malpractice

Appeal Court President Warns Tribunal Officials against Malpractice

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The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, has tasked election tribunal officers numbering 350 to live above board during their service in the forthcoming elections.

She cautioned that if any of them compromised the system, they would not only be relieved of their service but would be prosecuted in line with recommendations by the Federal Judicial Service Commission.

The PCA gave the warning in Abuja at a two-day capacity-building workshop for those who would serve as officials of the election tribunals.

Stressing the importance of functional registries to the effectiveness of election tribunals, the PCA stated that the training was aimed at preparing the officials for the task ahead.

She said, “It is part of your obligation to discharge your duties with utmost good faith and not be carried away by little advances.

“Your integrity and that of the tribunal, and its members are in the public searchlight; you must therefore ensure you are not used as weapons to truncate the process.

“Ensure to live above boards so that you will not put the Judiciary into disrepute.

“Do not see it as an opportunity to make money to enrich yourselves, but rather, go there to build your name and your future as it is literally said that a good name is better than silver and gold.

“The court will not hesitate to deal with anyone found wanting in this regard.

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