13 March 2018

Nigeria: Buhari Decline Assent On Electoral Act Over Change in Election Sequence

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Nigeria's 2019 presidential election.

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the proposed amendments to Nigeria's Electoral Act.

The President in a letter addressed to Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said he decline assent on the bill because proposed the amendments is an exclusive preserve of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).‎

President Buhari's letter reads; "Pursuant to Section 58(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the Senate, my decision, on 3rd March 2018, to decline Presidential Assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly.

"Some of my reasons include the following:

"The amendment to the sequence of elections in Section 25 of the principal act, may infringe upon the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organise, undertake and supervise elections provided in Section 15(A) of the third statue to the Constitution;

"The amendment to Section 138 of the principal act to delete two crucial grounds upon which an election may be challenged by candidates, unduly limits the rights of candidates in elections to a free and fair electoral review process;

"The amendment to Section 152 Subsection 325 of the Principal Act may raise Constitutional issues over the competence of the National Assembly to legislate over local government elections‎.

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