The book, “Mainstreaming transparency and accountability into political and legislatives processes” raises the issue of higher reckoning in the political process. Also for the political party leaders to entrench these ideals in the daily operations, activities and administration of their respective parties in terms of the openness of their policies, party finances, appointments and elections. Most politicians went into elective offices without the understanding of the assignment and what transparency is all about, that is thethe main reason for the publication of the book.
Also, it talks about the outcomes of elections, advocating to the informal sector on elections through the various civil societies sending a strong and clear message to politicians what the citizens expect from them. It deals with the political corruption, the effect of corruption on economic and social development, lack of development and democracy issue.
Expectations of the CSO’s involvement in mainstreaming transparency and accountability into political process in Nigeria focuses on promoting adequate legislation in the field of political finances and in the monitoring of the impact of relevant legislation on political representation.
In summary the following are the recommendations;
- Anti –corruption Measures: it is expected from the Federal Government to strengthen anti-corruption measures in the country. Confiscation of property, outright ban from contesting or being appointed into public office and extended jail terms as key measures through corruption can be measured.
- Curbing influence peddling and conflict of interests:INEC should ensure that the donation to parties, candidates, or elected officials should not be a means to gain personal or policy favours or buy access to politicians or civil servants.
- Transparency through disclosure and publication: asset disclosure procedures should be strengthened and effectively implemented. Assets, income and expenditures are expected to be disclosed to the code of conduct bureau.
- Enforcing and supervising of regulatory measures: public oversight bodies must be given the teeth to effectively supervise observance of regulating laws and measures.
- Diversity of income and spending limits: broad and grassroots participation in the running of political parties through small donations and membership fees should be considered while corporate and foreign participation should be limited.
- Media access: candidate and parties should have fair access to the media.
- Civil society participation: civil society organizations should actively participate in promoting adequate legislation in the field of political finance and in the monitoring of the impact of relevant legislation on political representation.
- Need for an FOI Bill: access to government held information would allow Nigerians to hold their government accountable for policy decisions and public expenditures.Please contact us to request publications.