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Buhari refuses to assent to amended timetable for 2019 elections; gives reasons


Buhari refuses to assent to amended timetable for 2019 elections; gives reasons

As most analysts had predicted, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday refused to assent to the amended timetable for 2019 elections passed by the two houses of the national assembly.

The president’s rejection was contained in a letter read Tuesday on the floor of the upper legislative chamber by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Reasons for the rejection, according to Pres. Buhari“Pursuant to Section 58(4) of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the senate, my decision, on 3rd March 2018, to decline presidential assent to the electoral amendment bill 2018 recently passed by the national assembly,” the letter read.

Some of his reasons include:

  • “The amendment to the sequence of elections in Section 25 of the principal act, may infringe upon the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organize, undertake and supervise elections provided in Section 15(A) of the third statue to the constitution;
  • “The amend to section 138 of the principal act to delete two crucial grounds upon which an election may be challenged by candidates, unduly limits the rights of candidates in elections to a free and fair electoral review process;
  • “The amendment to section 152 subsection 325 of the principal act may raise constitutional issues over the competence of the national assembly to legislate over local government elections.”

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