Electoral Act Amendment Bill: Lawmakers to aggregate opinions

17/01/2022 8:25:00 PM

Electoral Act Amendment Bill: Lawmakers to aggregate opinions

Electoral Act Amendment Bill: Lawmakers to aggregate opinions

Ahead of the National Assembly's resumption tomorrow, January 18, the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, said on Monday that Senators would aggregate

Samson Atekojo Usman Ahead of the National Assembly’s resumption tomorrow, January 18, the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, said on Monday that Senators would aggregate opinions arising from their consultations on the controversial Electoral Amendment Bill, which was vetoed by President Muhammadu Buhari before parliamentarians went on Christmas break.National Assembly leadership behind 2022 budget padding, aggrieved lawmakers say The Executive Director, Yiaga Africa, Samson Itodo, said the timely passage of the bill would be in the interest of deepening democracy and national development.the inclusion of direct primary in the electoral act which is before President Muhammadu Buhari.by either overriding Mr President’s veto or deleting areas of complaints.

He said Senators might have consulted widely with their constituents over the direct mode of primary elections.Speaking with Senate correspondents on Monday in Abuja, the leader said that the resumption would enable the Senate to interact with the House of Representatives on the way forward over the electoral bill.On her part, Samuela Isopi, the EU Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said getting the electoral laws right was in the interest of democratic development.It would be recalled that prior to the time the Upper Chamber went on Christmas and New Year breaks, President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, had noted that the Chamber would look at the bill which was returned by President Muhammadu Buhari, particularly on those clauses Mr.Enoidem, who is also eyeing the red chambers for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, noted that the cost of managing the process of direct primary is too high as an aspirant would be compelled to undergo two major general elections, stressing that the cost of conducting elections can never be budgeted.President raised concern.On his part, the Executive Director, The Albino Foundation, Jake Ekpelle, said he had never voted till he was 58 years and now that he is 61, meaning that he had been disenfranchised for 58 years because the electoral law put it as INEC may not have taken care of PWDs’ interest.According to the Senate President, the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) does not permit the upper chamber to exclusively take any action on such matters in the absence of the House of Representatives, since the latter has then embarked on recess.” The communique expressed regrets that Mr President is unwilling, from his recent comments discountenancing the proposals for state policing, to participate in reviewing the structural problems of tackling insecurity in Nigeria and urged Mr President to reconsider his position and consider decentralisation and restructuring of the security architecture as the most viable solution, together with proper arming, funding and training requirements for security agencies.

The Senate President, however, assured that a joint position would be reached with the House after due consultation with Nigerians to determine the appropriate line of action when both chambers reconvene from the Christmas break in January.“I hope to see a time the PWDs would be elected deputy governors, governors, vice president and one day be elected the president of Nigeria,” he said.It is nothing but a clear invitation to confusion and crisis in the 21st century.Meanwhile, the Senate Leader said that whatever position that would be taken on the controversial electoral bill would be in line with the provision of the 1999 Constitution as amended.Senator Yahaya Abdullahi also stressed that he cannot predict what the final decision of lawmakers will be on the electoral bill.He said despite the advancement of democracy in the United States, it still operated delegate system and not direct primaries, hence the lawmakers should remove the contentious clauses.“Senators have consulted with their constituents and the outcome of their discussions will be reflected during debate on the floor of the senate”.That is the election that produces him as the candidate of the party and another for a general election.The Senate leader also disclosed that the Constitution amendment will be given priority and other items on the agenda set at the beginning of the 9th Senate will be addressed and completed.Remi Sonaiya, said, “We should look beyond the letter and look at the spirit of the conduct of elections itself.3% under PDP, it is now 33%, one of the highest in the world under APC; In 2015, the pump price of petroleum product was N87 per litre, it is now N165 per litre and climbing under APC.

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