Buhari rejects amended electoral Act

Second look at why President Buhari declined assent to Electoral Act amendment

Buhari rejects amended electoral Act

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the amendment to the Electoral Act, which meant to change the country's elections sequence, Daily Trust has learnt.

President Muhammadu Buhari declined assent to the amendment citing probable infringement of the Constitution.

The president, it was gathered, gave three reasons for withholding assent to the bill, which was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly.

Some senators had rejected the amended timetable saying that Buhari is the target.

Some commentators have also risen to fault the amendment and threatened to charge it in court.

In the letter read at plenary by Senate President Olushola Saraki, President Buhari made reference to the most controversial aspect of the amendment, which is the sequence of the elections.

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"Please accept Mr Senate President the assurances of my highest consideration", the president stated.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, has called for the creation of a commission that will be responsible for the arrest, investigation and prosecution of electoral offenders.

A controversial new Section 25 introduced into the Act changed the sequence of elections by making the National Assembly elections to come first while the presidential poll will now come last, the Punch reports.

With the rejection of amendments by the president, the next option left for the National Assembly is to override the president's veto or let the act remain as it is.

It is not yet clear the next line of action of the lawmakers.

He added, "I can tell you that the issue is not over".

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