2019: What Saraki, Dogara Discussed With INEC Chairman
2019 is drawing near and politicking that usually characterise the end of a pre-election year has started.
One thing that Nigerians look forward to in the election year is a credible, free and fair election that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must guarantee.
After the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, held a world press conference where he talked about the invasion of the National Assembly by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) the leadership of the National Assembly held talks with INEC.
Also at the meeting was the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara.
They met with the Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu.
Top in the agenda of the meeting was the 2019 general election, the amendment of the Electoral Act and the funding of the the elections.
It was earlier scheduled to hold on Tuesday, but was scuttled by the National Assembly invasion by the DSS.
President Muhammadu Buhari had forwarded a supplementary budget that provided for the elections funding totalling about 242.4 billion Naira.
That request was made in July.
According to President Buhari, the fund would be drawn from the 2018 and 2019 budgets.
At the meeting, the Senate President expressed concerns that the request for funds had come to the National Assembly late.
He, however, assured that INEC Chairman that the National Assembly was committed to ensuring that the election was held without hitches, but requested that President Muhammadu Buhari should sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
President Buhari had months ago refused to sign into law the amendment bill, citing three constraints.
1. The amendment to the sequence of elections in Section 25 of the principal act, may infringe upon the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organise, undertake and supervise elections provided in Section 15(A) of the third statue to the Constitution.
2. The amendment to Section 138 of the principal act to delete two crucial grounds upon which an election may be challenged by candidates, unduly limits the rights of candidates in elections to a free and fair electoral review process.
3. The amendment to Section 152 Subsection 325 of the Principal Act may raise Constitutional issues over the competence of the National Assembly to legislate over local government elections. Read more.
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