Electoral Act: Buhari lastly breaks silence, reveals why he refused to signal invoice


President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed why he refused to assent to the Electoral Modification Act.

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Buhari had for the third time withheld his assent to the bill.Β 

This was disclosed by his Senior Particular Assistant on Nationwide Meeting Issues (Senate), Senator Ita Enang.

Buhari defined that passing the invoice might trigger “some uncertainty concerning the relevant laws to control the method.”

The President’s causes for refusing to assent the Invoice was contained in a letter transmitted to the Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara dated December 6, 2018 and was printed by his Private Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, on Saturday by way of Twitter.

The letter reads partly: “Pursuant to Part 58(four) of the structure of the Federal republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the Home of Representatives my choice on sixth December 2018 to say no Presidential Assent to the Electoral (Modification) Invoice, 2018 just lately handed by the Nationwide Meeting.

“I’m declining assent to the Invoice principally as a result of I’m concern that passing the brand new electoral invoice this far into the electoral course of for the 2019 basic elections which commenced beneath the 2015 Electoral Act might create some uncertainty concerning the relevant laws to control the method.

“Any actual or obvious change to the rule this near the election might present a chance for disruption and confusion in respect of which regulation governs the electoral course of.”



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