Breaking: National Assembly can't amend election timetable - Court

Breaking: National Assembly can't amend election timetable - Court

- Court has ruled against the proposed election re-order bill moved by the National Assembly

- The court said the National Assembly lacked the power to amend the election timetable

- President Buhari had earlier rejected the bill proposing the re-ordering of election sequence

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ruled against the amendment of the 2019 election timetable proposed by the National Assembly.

The court in its ruling said the National Assembly lacks the power to amend the election timetable of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Cable reports.

A two-third of the National Assembly had supported the move by the legislature calling for the amendment of 2019 election timetable.

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The National Assembly Conference Committee on Electoral Act (amendment) bill had adopted a re-ordered sequence of the 2019 general election. In the proposed bill, the presidential election in expected to come last after the National Assembly, governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections respectively.

The bill which is against the order of election rolled out by the electoral body was rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that many Senators including political parties supported the National Assembly in its call for the re-ordering of the election.

One of the parties, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) said it was throwing its weight behind the National Assembly on the reordering of 2019 general elections and beyond. The party insisted that the presidential election must come last to save Nigeria from nosediving into a one party state.

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CNPP also counselled all civil society organisations supporting INEC to retrace their steps as they are unwittingly aiding a rigging formula that would turn the country into a one party state.

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