House of Representatives approves Electoral Act Amendment Bill

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The House of Representatives, yesterday, approved the Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill , at the Committee of the Whole, after rescinding some clauses, in line with the request of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The bill is expected to read for the third time and passed by the House before the end of the week.

At plenary on Thursday last week, the house had adopted a motion to recommit the bill to the Committee of the Whole for consideration, to enable the House rescind some clauses in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill and pass it again.

Proposing the motion, the chairman House Committee on Rules and Business,Hon Edward Pwajok said that all issues raised by President Buhari in his letter declining assent to the bill has been addressed.

The President had declined assent to the bill on three different occasions citing several reasons. In his letter to the House on December 6, 2018, President Buhari apart from stating that signing bill will disrupt preparations for the 2019 general elections, requested the National Assembly to redraft some clauses in the bill .
“Section 5 of the Bill, amending section 18 of the Principal Act should indicate the subsection to which the substitution of the figure “30” for the figure “60” is to be affected.

“Section 11 of the Bill, amending Section 36 should indicate the subsection in which the proviso is to be introduced.
“Section 24 of the Bill which amends Section 85 (1) should be redrafted in full as the introduction of the “electing” to the sentence may be interpreted to mean that political parties may give 21 days notice of the intention to merge, as opposed to the 90 days provided in Section 84 (2) of the Electoral Act which provides the provision for merge of political parties.

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