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Buhari Declines Assent to Amendment of Electoral Act

Buhari Declines Assent to Amendment of Electoral Act

Ologbodiyan said "The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not surprised that President Muhammadu Buhari withheld his assent to the legislation by the National Assembly, reordering the sequence of general elections in the country, particularly given the tendencies he has continued to display as a politician".

In the letter read at plenary by Senate President Olushola Saraki, President Buhari made reference to the most controversial aspect of the amendment, which is the sequence of the elections.

The amendment of the electoral act facilitated the collaboration between the joint committees.

The controversial bill has been rejected by Nigeria's electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC as well as some lawmakers who alleged the bill targeted at President Buhari.

"The cost of running the proposed Commission pales into insignificance compared with the cost of perverting the nation's electoral process".

He said: "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".

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"At present, INEC is saddled with the responsibility of prosecuting electoral offender".

NASS amended section 25 of the Principal Act and substituted it with a new section 25 (1).

"Without the capacity to make arrest and investigate violations, the prosecutorial role is severely hampered".

"The bill when passed into law will not only ensure speedy & effective prosecution of electoral offenders, it will also enable INEC to focus and prioritise on its other extensive responsibilities as an Election Management Body (EMB)".

"Subsequently, due to human dynamics, crimes and offences of election tend to evolve". Which means we have received it now, it's for us to look at it.