Ambode Wants Nigeria’s Constitution Fixed Before 2019 Election
The process of making amendments to the Nigerian Constitution is on and top lawmakers in the National and States Assemblies are in Lagos to give finishing touches to the document.
Part of the process is a meeting with the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Addressing the lawmakers, Governor Ambode highlighted the need for them to fix the 1999 Constitution before the 2019 general election.
A large part of the 1999 constitution was put together by the military.
The Lagos State Governor also wants the lawmakers to look into the interest of the states and other federating units.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu assured the Governor that the 8th National Assembly would ensure that the amendments are fast-tracked to birth a new constitution for Nigerians.
He said the lawmakers would isolate amended bills to make room for speedy passage of the bills which would also need the president’s signature for them to become laws.
Members of the National Assembly and different States’ House of Assembly are expected to remain in Lagos for days, as they deliberate on the different areas that need amendment.
One area of the constitution that Nigerians will be expecting the lawmakers to address before the 2019 election is the provision for Nigerians in the diaspora to take part in elections.
This will require constitutional backing for electronic voting.
The Senate had in April ordered the immediate withdrawal of the different versions of the constitution in circulation across Nigeria.
The upper chamber said that the decision was to harmonise the various versions into a uniform document.
It had at that time mandated its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to liaise with the Attorney-General and other relevant agencies to carry out the order.