Electoral Bill: CSOs Dares Buhari, Demand Assent in 2 Days, Threatens Protest

Electoral Bill: CSOs Dares Buhari, Demand Assent in 2 Days, Threatens Protest

  • Civil society organisations have reacted angrily to the delay on the new Electoral Act Amendment Bill
  • About twenty-six groups have threatened mass action if the president refused to sign the bill between now and Tuesday, February 22
  • Meanwhile, the president earlier declined assent to the bill, citing concerns over the recommendation of direct primaries for political parties

President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to sign the reworked Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

This call was made by 26 civil society organisations, who have resolved to embark on a protest on Tuesday, February 22, if the president fails to give assent to the bill in two days.

The Punch reports that the coalition urged its partners to converge on the Unity Fountain, Abuja, for the demonstration.

Electoral Bill: CSOs demand Buhari’s assent in two days, to stage protest Tuesday
Electoral Bill: CSOs demand Buhari’s assent in two days, to stage protest Tuesday. Photo credit: Muhammadu Buhari
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The CSOs statement

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The CSOs in a statement on Saturday, February 19, by the Media Officer of Yiaga Africa, Moshood, urged citizens across the nation to call on President Buhari to act on this matter of urgent national importance, PM News added.

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Meanwhile, the president has not shown any significant sign of signing the reworked bill 20 days after it was transmitted to him by the National Assembly.

Why we want speedy passage of Amended Electoral Bill, INEC

Legit.ng had previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has urged both chambers of the National Assembly to harmonize and expedite action in the passage of the amended electoral bill.

According to the electoral body, the speedy passage of the bill is necessary, in order to provide it with a framework to organize its activities ahead of the 2023 general election, Leadership reports.

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The national commissioner, Information and Voter Education (IVEC), Barr. Festus Okoye, made the call in Asaba, Delta state, during a two-day capacity building workshop for Heads of Voter Education and Publicity (VEP) and Public Affairs Officers of INEC from the 17 southern states of Nigeria.

2022 budget: We did nothing wrong, NASS replies President Buhari

Earlier, Lawan had stated that the National Assembly did nothing wrong to adjust the 2022 budget.

Lawan said this while responding to correspondents' question on President Buhari's reservations on the adjustment by lawmakers in the budget.

He noted that the legislature does not necessarily have to agree with the president on every issue, adding that what is most important is that Buhari is pleased with the outcome of the work done.

Source: Legit.ng

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