Sign Electoral Amendment Bill earlier than Anambra governorship ballot, CSOs urge Buhari

Sign Electoral Amendment Bill earlier than Anambra governorship ballot, CSOs urge Buhari 2

By Luminous Jannamike – Abuja

Civil Society Organisations, on Thursday, suggested President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill earlier than the Anambra governorship election in November.

The organisations, at a joint briefing in Abuja, mentioned the invoice, which had been within the National Assembly since 2019, will construct the boldness of the lots and strengthen democracy, if given the presidential nod forward of the election.

They famous that the president had 30 days from the day he receives a communication of the harmonised model of the Bill from the National Assembly to assent to it.

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The CSOs embody: Center For Liberty, Raising New Voices Initiative, Ready-to-Lead Africa, Speak out Africa, Project Vote Initiative, The Nigerian Alliance, The Art and Civics Center, CDNDC, Adopt-A-Goal Initiative and Free Nigeria Movement.

They additionally suggested the National Assembly to not take any final minute motion that might delay President Buhari’s assent to the Bill and throw the electoral reform matter into the murky water of politics.

Speaking on behalf of the teams, the Executive Director, CDNDC, Mr Dare Ariyo-Atoye, mentioned: “The people of Nigeria are eager to have the Electoral Bill harmonised, transmitted and signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, even before the Anambra governorship election on November 6, 2021.

“While the President has openly and frankly expressed his readiness to sign the bill, it is instructive that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the other hand, has shown the commitment to implement the law.

“So, the National Assembly must act now. In the spirit of Section 14 (2) of the 1999 Constitution, we are urging the federal lawmakers to allow constitutionality and national interest to prevail in a fashion that will build the confidence of the electorate and strengthen our democracy.”

Vanguard News Nigeria

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Sign Electoral Amendment Bill earlier than Anambra governorship ballot, CSOs urge Buhari

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