House of Reps to Retransmit Amended 2018 Electoral Bill to Buhari for Assent

Rather than override President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent in the reordering of the 2019 election sequence, the House of Representatives said on Wednesday it would re-gazette and retransmit the Electoral Act Amendment Bill to the President for assent.
The Senate had threatened to veto the President’s decision to append his assent to the bill.
The Bill was passed by the National Assembly in February and sent to the President for assent, but was returned by the Presidency to the lawmakers on Tuesday.
In the letter announcing the return of the Bill to the lawmakers, Buhari explained why he refused to sign the document.
He said the amendment to the Act was, among other issues, intended to undermine the functions of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
However, briefing journalists in Abuja, the Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas, said the House would not override the President’s power on the bill.
Namdas, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, said the lower chamber agreed with Buhari on two out of the three clauses that made him decline assent to the bill.
According to him, the House will expunge the two areas from the electoral bill, make it go through the full circle of lawmaking and retransmit to the President for assent.
“We, as a parliament have looked at the reasons given by the President on why he withheld his assent to the electoral bill.
“However, we agree with the President on the first and second clauses but we disagree with the third clause where he claimed we have no powers to amend the Electoral Act.
“That is why we will look at the bill again, correct those errors the President pointed out and send the bill back to him. If he still withholds his assent then we will know what next to do,” he said.

Author: News Editor

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