26 July 2013

Nigeria: Reps Adopt Removal of Immunity Clause for President, Governors

Rising from its late night announcement of the results of its voting on the constitution review, the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted in favour of the removal of immunity clause for the president and governors.

The House also voted in favour of local government autonomy, vetoing the power of president to assent to a Bill after 30 days, independent candidate for the office of the president and governors as well as separation of the office of the attorney-general of the federation from that of the minister of justice.

The results which were announced at about 11pm yesterday also showed that the House voted in favour of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct elections for state and local governments and barred public officers from operating foreign accounts.

Similarly, the House voted for the establishment of both National Assembly and state assemblies service commissions, removal of the word 'Force' from the current Nigeria Police Force. It also voted in favour of the approval of the appointment of the accountant-general of the federation to the Senate.

In the results the House also voted for the office of the account-general of the federation be separated from that of accountant-general of the federation.

All the 87 clauses voted for were passed successfully by the House as they all got the required 2/3 of the members.

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