NASS: Why We Need Mid-term Elections – Hamalai

By Emman Ovuakporie

THE Director General of National Institute for Legislative Studies, NILS,  Dr. Ladi Hamalai, is one of those who are disturbed by recurring loss of institutional memory in the National Assembly when most serving members fail to return after general elections.

She says   adopting the United States system of holding mid-term elections involving not more than half of serving legislators will help to safeguard institutional memory.

Such system, she said enhances the maturity and growth of the Legislature.

Hamalai disclosed this at the on-going induction course for fresh National Assemblylawmakers.

The NILS boss, who described the legislature as “the most democratic arm of government,” decried the loss of institutional memories in the system.

He further frowned at  the idea of changing legislators every four years, adding that it had  retarded the growth of that arm of government.

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