OrderPaperToday – The controversial Electoral Amendment bill which re-ordered the sequence of elections has been rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The bill was passed in red chamber on the 30th of March 2017 and in the green chamber on the 23rd of January 2018.
The conference committee met to harmonise the different versions and presented by the Chairman Committee on INEC on the February 14.
The most controversial section in the bill is the reordered sequence of elections which placed National Assembly elections first before the Presidential polls.
The newly introduced section 25 allows the National Assembly elections to hold before the Presidential polls.
The election is to take place in this manner: National Assembly, States House of Assembly, Governorship and then the Presidential election.
Reading a letter on Tuesday sent by Buhari, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki stated the reasons the bill was rejected.
Saraki read: “The amendment to the sequence of elections in Section 25 of the principal act, may infringe upon the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organize, undertake and supervise elections provided in Section 15(A) of the third statue to the Constitution;
“The amendment to Section 138 of the principal act to delete two crucial grounds upon which an election may be challenged by candidates, unduly limits the rights of candidates in elections to a free and fair electoral review process;
“The amendment to Section 152 Subsection 325 of the Principal Act may raise Constitutional issues over the competence of the National Assembly to legislate over local government elections.”
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