No need for NASS to reconvene over electoral bill - Senator Mao Ohuabunwa

No need for NASS to reconvene over electoral bill - Senator Mao Ohuabunwa

- The issue of the electoral act bill has continued to brew comments and reactions among lawmakers and political thinkers in the country

- One of the stakeholders of the issue, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, has said that the matter can be resolved without the National Assembly (NASS) reconvening

- Ohuabunwa said that the clerk to the NASS, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, can refer the bill to the drafting department for correction

Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, a member of the joint Senate and House of Representatives committee on the electoral act amendment bill, has said the issues raised by President Muhammadu Buhari for which he withdrew assent to the legislation will be handled without recalling lawmakers from recess, Punch reports.

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As a member of the Senate committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ohuabunwa insisted that since the issues were about the drafting of the bill, the clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, can refer the bill to the drafting department for rectification.

However, he remarked that the bill was vital to the approval of the budget of INEC for the 2019 general polls.

Ohuabunwa stated: “If the issue is about drafting, it is left for the drafting department to work on it. If it is about drafting and it has nothing to do with the resolutions or the bill itself, it has not changed anything. The Clerk to the National Assembly can handle that and send it back to the President as quickly as possible. The issues raised are not about the clauses but drafting.

“Where the National Assembly can reconvene to re-adopt, it will be that there are clauses we need to amend. This is more like grammatical errors and mode of presentation. We have the drafting department, they will look at it.”

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The House had on Monday, September 3, said that the National Assembly would review the issues raised by the president on the bill after resumption from recess later in September, 2018.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had urged the National Assembly to use their constitutional power to override President Muhammadu Buhari on the Electoral Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill.

PDP made the call in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday in Abuja. Ologbondiyan said that President Buhari’s veto did not come as a surprise, since his commitment to a free and fair 2019 election was “mere lip service”.

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