Senator says Buhari will not sign recently amended electoral act because it is unconstitutional

Senator says Buhari will not sign recently amended electoral act because it is unconstitutional

- Senator Abu Ibrahim says President Muhammadu Buhari will not sign the amended electoral act into law

- Ibrahim argues that the amended act which places presidential election last is not constitutional

- He says the amended act will die a natural death

The recently amended electoral act which puts senatorial and House of Representatives polls first in the sequence of elections will not survive, The Nation quotes the chairman of the committee on police affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim, as saying.

Ibrahim, a senator from Katsina south and one of those who walked out of the Senate chamber in protest against the passing of the bill by his colleagues, declared that President Muhammadu Buhari would not assent to the bill when it gets to him.

The report quoted section 25(i) of the amendment as placing the National Assembly polls first in the sequence of elections.

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According to the amendment, governorship and Houses of Assembly elections should follow the National Assembly polls while the presidential election comes last.

Ibrahim argued that the amendment is unconstitutional especially when section 76 of the constitution is clear on who should fix elections.

“It is an effort in futility. The amendment cannot stand and the president will not sign it.

“When it comes back to us, it will die a natural death.

“President Buhari is an institution. We will not add anything to his electoral value. Some senators do not even appreciate the fact that they will be in more danger with their governors if they stand election alone. Some senators may have problem with their governors but you are arming the governor to attack you if you stand election alone. You will spend more and be on your own,” he said.

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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that the implementation of the amended electoral act depends on the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Solomon Soyebi, INEC's national commissioner, voter education and publicity, disclosed this on Thursday, February 15, during his appearance on Channels Television.

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Source: Naija.ng

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