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Why Buhari declined assent to electoral bill – sen. Enang

Godsgift Onyedinefu Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters, Senator Ita Enang has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari declined Assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018 due to “some drafting issues that remains unaddressed”. Senator Enang in a statement he issued on Monday explained that the president has no constitutional power to…
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Godsgift Onyedinefu

Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters, Senator Ita Enang has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari declined Assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018 due to “some drafting issues that remains unaddressed”.

Senator Enang in a statement he issued on Monday explained that the president has no constitutional power to edit or alter the bill and until the senate and House of Representatives address the issue, the president cannot grant assent.

He said, ‘’Mr. President is
declining assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill due to some drafting issues that remain unaddressed following the prior revisions to the Bill.

“Mr. President invites the Senate and House of Representatives to address these issues as quickly as possible so that he may grant President Assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill.

“A few of the outstanding issues are: There is a cross referencing error in the proposed amendment to Section 18 of the Bill. The appropriate amendment is to substitute the existing sub-section (2) with the proposed subsection (1A), while the proposed sub-section (1B) is the new sub-section (2A)’’

‘’The proposed amendment to include a new Section 87 (14) which stipulates a specific period within which political party primaries are required to be held has the unintended consequence of leaving INEC with only 9 days to collate and compile lists of candidates and political parties as well manage the primaries of 91 political parties for the various elections.

“This is because the Electoral Amendment Bill does not amend sections 31, 34 and 85 which stipulates times for the submission of lists of candidates, publication of lists of candidates and notice of convention, congresses for nominating candidates for elections.’’
For clarity, may I provide some details of the provisions referenced.
Clause 87 (14) states

‘’The dates for the primaries shall not be earlier than 120 days and not later than 90 days before the date of elections to the offices.The Electoral Act 2010 referred to herein states.

”That every Political Party shall not later than 60 days before the date appointed for a general election submit to the Commission the list of candidates the party proposes to sponsor at the elections. Section 31

‘’That the Commission shall at least 30 days before the day of the election publish a statement of the full names and addresses of all candidates standing nominated. section 34

“That a Political Party shall give the Commission at least Twenty-one days’ notice of any convention, congress etc., for electing members of its executive committees or nominating candidates for any of the elective offices.’’ section 85

“For the avoidance of doubt, neither the Constitution nor any written law allows a President or a Governor to whom a Bill is forwarded by the Legislature to edit, correct, amend or in any manner alter the provisions of any such Bill to reflect appropriate intent before Assenting to same. He is to assent in the manner it is or to withhold asent.

On the under listed Bills earlier transmitted, namely: National Agricultural Seeds Council Bill, 2018
The Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2017
The Chartered Institute of Entrepreneurship (Establishment) Bill 2018

“The Subsidiary Legislation (Legislative Scrutiny) Bill, 2018
National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (Establishment) Bill, 2018
National Research and Innovation Council (Establishment) Bill, 2017
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2017,

“Mr. President has communicated his action to the National Assembly.

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