Lawan backs Buhari for withholding assent on 2018 Electoral Act

Lawan backs Buhari for withholding assent on 2018 Electoral Act

Senate leader Ahmed Lawan has expressed his support to President Muhammadu Buhari for declining assent to Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2018.

The Nation reports that Lawan who made this known after the Yobe state All Progressives Congress critical stakeholders meeting at the Government House, Damaturu, said technology must not be applied for election.

The minister also noted that President Buhari was the only president in the history of Nigeria, who had signed the highest number of bills into law since his assumption of office.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that President Buhari declined assent to Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2018 due to “some drafting issues” that remain unaddressed following the prior revisions to the bill.

Senator Ita Enang, the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly matters (Senate), made this known in a statement in Abuja on Monday, September 3.

The presidential aide said that already, the president had communicated his position to the Senate and the House of Representatives on August 30.

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In a related development, National Assembly were mounting pressure on President Buhari to sign the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill 2018 to justify the N143bn the joint committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives on electoral matters has just recommended as the budget for the 2019 polls.

The senators and members had discussed the matter across political parties, where they consistently questioned Buhari’s seeming unwillingness to sign the bill.

Lawmakers observed that if the bill was not signed, there was no way the INEC could spend the N143bn as the bulk of the budget was earmarked for the procurement of election equipment envisaged by the bill.

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