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Buhari cites security of monitoring election for rejecting electoral Bill

Buhari cites security of monitoring election for rejecting electoral Bill

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has cited the lingering insecurity in the country for his refusal to sign the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021.

Buhari’s action has divided the country between the lines of those who were convinced that the president does not want a free and fair election and so, would not sign the bill and those who believed that he has good intentions.

In a letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan after the 30-day window for him to assent the bill elapsed at the weekend, Buhari stated that the prevailing situation in the country would not allow him to sign the bill.

According to him, the high cost of conducting direct primaries, the security challenge of monitoring the election, violation of citizens’ rights and marginalization of small political parties were among other reasons for rejecting the bill.

He also said that he received informed advice from relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government, and had also carefully reviewed the Bill in light of the current realities prevalent in the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the circumstances.

Buhari averred that it would be better to allow each political party to determine its mode of selecting candidates for election.

Both leaders of the controversial national assembly, the Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had expressed confidence that President Buhari would assent the bill after its transmission on December 19.

 

 

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