13 Months To 2023 Elections, Electoral Bill Not Ready

1/16/2022 9:48:00 AM

13 Months To 2023 Elections, Electoral Bill Not Ready

13 Months To 2023 Elections, Electoral Bill Not Ready

In the next 13 months from now, Nigerians will move to their polling units to elect leaders that will take over the affairs of the country for the next

While Nigerians were expecting President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the electoral act amendment bill into law or communicate to the National Assembly before or on 19 November, 2021, which is the stipulated time by law for the president to act, there was no communication until 21 December, 2021 when the Senate officially received and read the President’s communication rejecting the electoral bill.

ADVERTISEMENTBuhari’s letter which was read on the floor of the Senate on 21 December, 2021 dated 13 December, 2021. This raised questions on the sincerity of both the executive and the legislature on the new electoral legal framework many said will help the country’s electoral process and credibility.

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9 mins ago While Nigerians were expecting President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the electoral act amendment bill into law or communicate to the National Assembly before or on 19 November, 2021, which is the stipulated time by law for the president to act, there was no communication until 21 December, 2021 when the Senate officially received and read the President’s communication rejecting the electoral bill.Don Silas Manchester City on Saturday defeated Chelsea 1-0 in a Premier League fixture at the Etihad Stadium.Channels Television   Updated January 15, 2022 Manchester City’s Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (R) scores the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on January 15, 2022.in an attack that took place during the day at Nakundna and Wurukuchi on Tuesday.

ADVERTISEMENT Buhari’s letter which was read on the floor of the Senate on 21 December, 2021 dated 13 December, 2021. This raised questions on the sincerity of both the executive and the legislature on the new electoral legal framework many said will help the country’s electoral process and credibility. The first-half had ended in a 0-0 draw after both teams failed to score. Buhari in his letter to the National Assembly rejecting the electoral act amendment bill, raised concern majorly on the direct primary to be conducted by political parties, insisting it will limit right of choices, make the electoral process expensive, increase violence and insecurity, but declined comment on several errors observed in the bill for the battle ahead.. Recall that in August 2018, President Buhari declined assent to the 2018 Electoral (Amendment) Bill presented to him by the 8th Assembly on the ground that there were errors and cross-referencing gaps in the bill including the time it was presented to him to sign, which he said was too close to the 2019 general elections. Meanwhile, Chelsea still maintain the second position on the log with 43 points from the same number of games. LEADERSHIP gathered that the same game is playing out with the full support of some elements within the government who done want the 2021 electoral act amendment bill to see the light of the day. Meanwhile, the Niger State Police Command has warned the media against the announcement of what it called “outrageous number of casualties without verification”, saying that it will cause panic in the minds of the populace.

While the executive is quiet on the errors found in the bill for the battle ahead, and incase the National Assembly didn’t abandoned the proposed electoral legal framework, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have identified errors in 11 sections of the bill, similar to what happened in 2018. Jurgen Klopp’s side will take on Brentford on Sunday and a win against the visitors will move them to second position ahead of Chelsea. The CSOs that identify the errors in the 11 sections of the 2021 electoral act amendment bill includes: Yiaga Africa; International Press Centre (IPC); Centre for Citizens with Disability (CCD); The Albino Foundation; CLEEN Foundation; Institute for Media and Society (IMS) and Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF). ADVERTISEMENT Others are: Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ); Partners for Electoral Reform (PER); Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC); Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) and Nigerian Network of Non-Governmental Organizations (NNNGO). The CSO who are insisting the National Assembly should correct the errors and send the bill back to Buhari for his assent, said the entire process should be done so that the new electoral legal framework can be tested in the FCT Area Council elections, Ekiti and Osun gubernatorial elections before the 2023 general elections. Speaking at a press conference on behalf of the CSOs, the Executive Director, Yiaga Africa Samson Itodo, said they undertook an in-depth and comprehensive review of the bill to ensure all editorial, drafting and cross-referencing gaps are addressed but found out errors in 11 sections of the bill. The governor, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel Berje, said the act was barbaric and inhumane.

He said the review identified drafting errors, repetition and cross-referencing gaps in eleven sections of the bill. “Cross-referencing errors were identified in five sections of the bill, grammatical errors in two sections, duplicate provisions in three sections and conflicting provisions, “ he said. LEADERSHIP gathered that it is on this note Yiaga Africa is convening the today’s town hall. Tags: .