Electoral Act: Don’t override Buhari, Jega warns N/Assembly

Electoral Act: Don’t override Buhari, Jega warns N/Assembly

1/17/2022 8:37:00 AM

Electoral Act: Don’t override Buhari, Jega warns N/Assembly

The National Assembly should not override the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over the stalemate on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has cautioned.

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.Itodo said the non-passage of the bill into law had robbed Nigerians the opportunity of implementing important innovations for the forthcoming FCT council election and the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.

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.“What is good for Nigeria is good for the world”, she said.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.

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What is the needful if not to follow the Constitution Idiat Why is he double speaking! He wants the act but he doesn’t want an override Ifb This man should never be trusted for any reason, he put us in this quagmire and now speaks from every corner of his mouth No be only make dem no override am abeg make ena crush am self nonsense jagajaga

Check and balance is one of their main function. No be you go tell NASS what to do. Mumu man go and seat down, you have come out again to talk after how many years,you are the reasons to our problem You just want your sins forgiven, this is what happens when you betrayed your own conscience to please religion, me oo this man does not worth our attention this time

Super Eagles Celebrating At Cameroon. IgboAmaka AFCON2021 sports The 9th assembly has no capacity to overide mr.president.They are more of rubber stamp in nature.

OWNERS OF NIGERIA, WHAT AN INSULTE Nothing like owners of Nigeria what we have are DAFT southern leaders who created owners out of aliens due to their evil greed,they where indoctrinated by Britain to buy this horrible lie,we'll correct this picture 😡😡 So what should they do, abandon it cuz of Buhar and APC ?

Fear fear fool That bill must be signed That's what Nigerians wants simple This Time around our votes must count Our mumu don do Rigging Prof. what's Constitution saying? You don't have moral right to advise National Assembly. We haven't forgotten how you messed 2015 general elections results with impunity against Jonathan. Keep your ill advise to yourself Sir.

Keep quiet..if rhey want to override him so be it. That's democracy..you of all people should understand that...besides, this toothless lameduck assembly can't even try it Buhari don turn keke napep ahbi 😂😂

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. Itodo said the non-passage of the bill into law had robbed Nigerians the opportunity of implementing important innovations for the forthcoming FCT council election and the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states. 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. “What is good for Nigeria is good for the world”, she said. 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. He said, “Now that the new bill put “is” as ‘shall’, it means that INEC is being mandated to ensure that the PWDs are mainstreamed into the nation’s electoral system. “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. Also, the National Chairman, Inter Party Advisory Council, Yabagi Sani, said the National Assembly didn’t carry political parties and other stakeholders along. 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. On her part, a former presidential candidate, KOWA Party, Prof. Remi Sonaiya, said, “We should look beyond the letter and look at the spirit of the conduct of elections itself. I would like to join the cause to remove direct primaries clause, if that is the problem so the bill can be passed.” The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, said that time was running out and that the National Assembly must remove the controversial bits of the electoral bill, and get everything ready ahead of the 2023 elections. He wondered why Nigeria was not keying into the ECOWAS and African Union resolutions that electoral law should be ready one year before elections. Also, the Chairman of the Partners for Electoral Reform, Ezenwa Nwagwu, said, “There are some elite conspiracy around not giving Nigerians a law that can strengthen electoral integrity. “The way it was done in the past was to delay the passage till when it was too late and Nigerians would be forced to say, after all we have something on the ground and the old law that didn’t help the nation’s democracy would be used”, Nwagwu said. A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dachung Bagus, said that consultants contracted for the job were responsible for some of the drafting errors in the bill. “We apologise for the drafting errors and cross-referencing gaps sighted in the Electoral Bill 2021,” he said. Also, the Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative and Advocacy Centre, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, wondered why the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who claimed to be a victim of electoral fraud before his eventual emergence as President, was now finding it difficult to ensure leaving a legacy of electoral development. Copyright PUNCH. All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH. Contact: