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National Assembly sends revised Electoral Act bill to Buhari

The National Assembly has transmitted the revised Electoral Act Amendment Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent , Naijaray learnt on Monday .
The President had refused to sign the first version of the bill into law.
A source in the National Assembly disclosed to journalists in Abuja that the bill was transmitted last week .

The source said , “The amended Electoral Act has been transmitted to Mr President since Monday last week. He has it now . The National Assembly is expecting him to quickly assent to it because of the deadline for such amendment ahead of the 2019 general elections . ”

The legislature had on June 7 , 2018 passed the revised version of the bill , expunging the controversial clauses , including the one that re-ordered general elections sequence .

On June 7, 2018, while adopting the report by the Senate Committee on INEC , the Deputy President of the Senate , Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the session, noted that the controversial clauses in the bill had been pulled out of the new version .

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Ekweremadu
said , “ Before we go into the consideration, let me quickly make some quick clarifications . One is that when we passed the Electoral Act earlier in the year, the President returned it with observations .
“ From the report we have here , it means that those areas that appear to be controversial or where the President had some issues, no matter how we feel , whether we like it or not , whether we believe in what he said or not , that is not the issue now ; what is important now is that to save the other provisions ( clauses ), our committee resolved to remove those aspects . They may come up maybe some other time but for now , they are not part of this process . That has been removed to make the rest non-controversial .”

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Ekweremadu
said the amendment would enhance the credibility of the 2019 general elections . He also expressed the hope that INEC , politicians and the electorate would find the amendments useful.
“ We hope and believe that within a short period, the President will find it necessary to sign this bill into law ,” he had said.

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