2019: Buhari Gets New Electoral Act For Assent
The National Assembly has transmitted the revised Electoral Act Amendment Bill to the president for assent.
President Buhari had refused to sign the first version of the bill into law.
The transmission came three months after the president rejected the earlier amendment made citing constitutional matters.
The bill was transmitted to the President on June 25.
The report of the conference committee on the new version of the act was passed on June 7, 2018 before the lawmakers proceeded on the three weeks Sallah break.
One of the contentious issues in the rejected bill was the change in election sequence.
The controversy over it led to the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta). His return to the Senate in April witnessed the stealing of the mace.
On June 7, 2018, while adopting the report by the Senate Committee on INEC, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the session, noted that the controversial clauses in the bill had been pulled out of the new version.
Ekweremadu said, “Before we go into the consideration, let me quickly make some quick clarifications. One is that when we passed the Electoral Act earlier in the year, the President returned it with observations.
“From the report we have here, it means that those areas that appear to be controversial or where the President had some issues, no matter how we feel, whether we like it or not, whether we believe in what he said or not, that is not the issue now; what is important now is that to save the other provisions (clauses), our committee resolved to remove those aspects. They may come up maybe some other time but for now, they are not part of this process. That has been removed to make the rest non-controversial.”
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