Buhari declines assent to amended 2018 Electoral Act

Politics Elections Sequence: Buhari rejects Electoral Act amendment - Premium Times

Buhari said the bill usurped the constitutional powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission to decide on election matters, including fixing the dates and the order they would be held.

"We know that with the support of Nigerians, any candidate that emerges on our platform ahead of 2019 will clinically defeat President Buhari at the polls and lead our nation back to the path of progress, national cohesion and a vibrant economy".

NAIJ.com gathered that the president gave three reasons for withholding assent to the Electoral Act Amendment bill which was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly intending to change the country's elections sequence.

"The primaries of political parties shall follow the following sequence (i) State House of Assembly (ii) National Assembly (iii) Governorship, and (iv), President".

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Aliyu Abdullahi who is the spokesperson of the Senate has said that members of the Senate have yet to deliberate on President Muhammadu Buhari's letter rejecting the amendment to the Electoral Act.

INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu broke the news yesterday in a memorandum he submitted to the Senate joint committee on INEC and the Judiciary.

"While the Uwais Report was transmitted by the executive to the National Assembly in 2010, the White Paper on recommendations of the Lemu Report directed the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minster of Justice to take steps towards the establishment of the Electoral Offences Tribunal".

NASS amended section 25 of the Principal Act and substituted it with a new section 25 (1). "INEC can not effectively focus on this role given its other variegated responsibilities under the Constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended)", he said. Which means we have received it now, it's for us to look at it.

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