20 August 2018

Nigeria: Why Buhari Must Urgently Sign New Electoral Bill - Falana

Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently sign the new Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law.

He said the bill should be signed now to avoid altering the arrangements for 2019 elections, in accordance with the ECOWAS protocol on democracy and good governance act.

The National Assembly had first amended the Electoral Act but it was rejected by President Buhari due to what he described as provisions inconsistent with the 1999 constitution.

The lawmakers then expunged the said provisions and passed a new bill, which had been transmitted to the President for assent.

Falana said the new bill should be promptly signed into law, in view of the fact that Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced that the 2019 elections will commence in February 2019.

He said: "In making this, call the attention of the President ought to be drawn to article 2 (1) of the Economic Community of West African States Protocol A/SP1/12/01 on Democracy and Good Governance, which provides that: 'No substantial modification shall be made to the electoral laws in the last six (6) months before the elections, except with the consent of majority of political actors'."

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