Senate Reintroduces Electoral Act to Override Buhari

Senate Reintroduces Electoral Act to Override Buhari”

However President Muhammadu Buhari on 13th of March wrote to the both chambers stating reasons of withholding assent to the bill.

On its part, the Senate on February 14, in its passage of the bill, adopted section 25 (1) inserted into the bill by the House of Representatives, containing reordering of sequence of 2019 general elections different from the earlier rolled out by INEC in its 2019 general elections timetable.

ABUJA- THE Senate, yesterday, frowned on reports that senators have been given $50,000 bribe to stop plans to override President Muhammadu Buhari's veto of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018 on sequence of election.

The Senate President gave the directive after Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, citing Order 15, moved that the Senate investigate into a publication that pro-executive Senators and House of Representatives lined up for N17.9 million and N10.8 million respectively.

Daily Trust reports that a source in the Senate said 42 senators were in agreement with the decision of President Buhari.

The bill tagged SB 645, is being sponsored by Senator Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi North) who is the chairman of the Senate committee on Electoral Matters.

President Buhari further stated that the amendment to section 152 (325) of the Principal Act may raise constitutional issues over the competence of the National Assembly to legislate over local government elections.

This follows the refusal by President Muihammadu Buhari to assent to the original document, when presented to him, penultimate week.

The president had said amending section 25 of the electoral act would infringe on the "constitutionally guaranteed discretion" of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organise, undertake and supervise elections.

The upper chamber reintroduced the "Electoral Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2018".

Already, senators in the camp of Saraki, confirmed that 67 lawmakers had already endorsed what is called a Pro-Senate register seeking the override of the veto.

"It is very unfortunate that many of us are being dragged into this development", he said.

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