Again, Buhari Rejects Electoral Amendment Bill
President Muhammadu Buhari has again declined assent to the amended Electoral Bill (2018).
This makes the fourth time the President has refused to pen his signature on the document.
The Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Friday at the Presidential Villa Abuja.
Enang said President Buhari has taken a decision on Electoral Act Amendment bill 2018, however, did not disclosed the nature of the decision.
But the presidential aide simply said that the decision of the President was communicated to the Senate and House of Representatives in accordance with his power under the 1999 Constitution and accordance with the law.
The President however, assented to National Open University Amendment Act, which allows the National Open University to operate as all other universities, having the same power and functions and the same administrative structures eliminating possible discrimination as some use to want to have on its products and programmes.
It has also allowed the establishment of some centers to be called study centers and given conditions for the establishment of such centers.
Asked whether the bill was assented or rejected, he said “the President has taken a decision in a accordance with the powers vested in him according to the constitution. And by convention that decision contained in the communication can only be revealed by the person to whom that decision is addressed.
"But the electoral bill has left Mr. President because he has taken a decision and has remitted it back.”
Pushed further Enang said, “Thank You very much but this is all the law allows me to say by convention. Mr. President has sent that communication to the National Assembly.”
When asked why he returned the bill back to NASS he said, “the President has communicated his decision to the National Assembly and that is what it is now.”
When asked if it is safe to say he rejected the bill, “it is safe to say that the President has taken decision as allowed by law and has communicated that decision to the Senate and the House of Representatives."
When asked the implication of the decision on the 2019 elections, enang said, “The implication of the decision is that the President has taken action on the bill within the time allowed by law."
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