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Electoral Bill Receiving Due Attention, Says Presidency

The presidency yesterday assured Nigerians that the amendments to the Electoral Act 2010 transmitted to the president for assent by the National Assembly on November 7 was receiving due attention.
Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, said the bill is before Buhari for necessary action.

He said government appreciates the concern of the citizenry on the need for the president to assent to the bill.
Commenting on the call by former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) president, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, on the president to without further delay endorse the bill, Enang said the frontline lawyer by the call was exercising his right as a citizen of the country.

He said, “We appreciate the activism of the senior lawyer, which is within his right as a citizen and conscience of the nation.”

Agbakoba, the Convener of Nigeria Intervention Movement, NIM, had in a two- page letter to Buhari on Wednesday asked the president to endorse the bill as a show of his commitment to transparent electoral process.

He expressed concern that the bill was yet to be signed into law less than three months to the general election.
Agbakoba, therefore, stressed the need for Buhari to sign the bill without any further delay and cited diverse implications his refusal to endorse it would have on the capacity of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct credible and transparent elections.

Buhari had thrice this year refused assent to the bill, forcing the National Assembly to rework the bill before transmitting a cleaner copy to the executive earlier this month for the president’s assent, which would lapse by December 6.

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