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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

2019: President Buhari Rejects Electoral Amendment Bill For The Second Time


For a second time in couple of months, President Muhammadu Buhari has declined to assent to the electoral act amendment bill, his aide has uncovered.

The senior aide to the president on appointive issues (senate), Ita Enang, has unveiled that President Muhammadu Buhari has declined consent to the electoral act amendment bill, 2018.

The national assembly get together had passed the bill on July 24, 2018, and transmitted to the president on August 3. Buhari withheld consent to the bill in March, saying the proposed law would usurp the established forces of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to choose race matters, including settling dates and the request they would go.

Enang said the president's choice to dismiss the bill again had been imparted to the initiative of the national get together through a letter.

Speaking in a statement, Enang said; “His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has by communication dated August 30, 2018, to the Senate and the House of Representatives declined Assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

“I pray for leave, that in view of public interest, the fact of the National Assembly vacation, the imperative to avoid speculation and misinformation, that I give just a few of the rationale by Mr. President.

“Mr. President is declining assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill due to some drafting issues that remain unaddressed following the prior revisions to the Bill.’’
“Mr. President invites the Senate and House of Representatives to address these issues as quickly as possible so that he may grant President Assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill.

A few of the outstanding issues are: “There is a cross referencing error in the proposed amendment to Section 18 of the Bill. The appropriate amendment is to substitute the existing sub-section (2) with the proposed subsection (1A), while the proposed sub-section (1B) is the new sub-section (2A)’

“The proposed amendment to include a new Section 87 (14) which stipulates a specific period within which political party primaries are required to be held has the unintended consequence of leaving INEC with only 9 days to collate and compile lists of candidates and political parties as well manage the primaries of 91 political parties for the various elections.

"This is because the Electoral Amendment Bill does not amend sections 31, 34 and 85 which stipulates times for the submission of lists of candidates, publication of lists of candidates and notice of convention, congresses for nominating candidates for elections.”

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