Buhari throws out amended Electoral Act

Second look at why President Buhari declined assent to Electoral Act amendment

Buhari throws out amended Electoral Act

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 to section 152 (325) of the Principal Act may raise constitutional issues over the competence of the National Assembly to legislate over Local Government elections".

In the letter, the president said the amendments infringe on the rights of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

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The group of nine senators also claimed that President Buhari was that target of the amendment and vowed that it would not stand.

"Please accept Distinguished Senators, the assurances of my highest consideration".

The federal lawmakers want their elections to come up first, followed by that of state lawmakers and governors, and lastly the presidential election.

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The controversy trailing the amendment of the Electoral Act which reordered election sequence in the country took another dimension Tuesday.

In a previous report by NAIJ.com, the House of Representatives on Wednesday, February 28, stated that lawmakers would not hesitate to override President Muhammadu Buhari's veto if he refused to agree with the Electoral Act Amendment bill.

"We know that with the support of Nigerians, any candidate that emerges on our platform ahead of 2019 will clinically defeat President Buhari at the polls and lead our nation back to the path of progress, national cohesion and a vibrant economy".

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The bill provides for the Presidential election to come last after National Assembly and Governorship elections.

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