- INEC has replied Buhari’s letter he wrote to the electoral body seeking explanation on some areas in the bill transmitted to him by the National Assembly
- According to sources, INEC claims the bill contains substantial provisions that would lay a solid foundation for important improvements in the electoral process
- The electoral umpire says the bill capable of deepening public trust, public confidences and overall credibility of the elections and the electoral process
Following Muhammadu Buhari’s letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seeking explanation on some areas in the Electoral Act Amendment bill transmitted to him by the National Assembly, the electoral umpire has now replied the presidency.
Quoting an unnamed source, This Day Newspaper reports that INEC believes that the bill contains substantial provisions that would lay a solid foundation for important improvements in the electoral process.
INEC was said to have highlighted important provisions of the bill capable of deepening public trust, public confidences and overall credibility of the elections and the electoral process.
The commission also highlighted landmark proposals in the bill that would radically improve the quality of elections.
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The source said:
“An accelerated assent to the bill will facilitate the preparation of major elections such as the FCT municipal area council election, Ekiti and Osun governorship election and the 2023 general elections.” It therefore urged the president not to hesitate in signing the bill on electoral reforms."
The president has until December 19, to assent or decline.
Electoral Bill: Nigerian lawmakers ready to override Buhari’s veto
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that some members of the National Assembly have vowed to veto President Muhammadu Buhari if he declines to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
This is coming amid 16 days to the expiration of the timeline for the Nigerian leader to assent to the electoral bill.
A senator who spoke in confidence with Leadership newspaper on Thursday, December 2, said that they had met and resolved to overrule Buhari if the president declines to sign the bill.
Electoral Act Amendment Bill: INEC speaks on Buhari's letter
Legit.ng previously reported that as the 30 days required for the president to either assent to or communicate to the National Assembly his views and comments about the Electoral Act Amendment Bill draws near, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the letter sent to the commission by Buhari.
INEC in its response said, constitutionally and legally, the commission is the end-user of the electoral legal framework under contention.
Festus Okoye, INEC chairman of the information and voter education committee, said it is strategic and fundamental to seek advice from the commission and other stakeholders like the president had done in his letter.