Uproar at Senate over change in 2019 polls sequence

Senate vote against devolution of powers to States

Several senators have staged a walk out over the senate’s adoption of the change in the 2019 polls timetable by the Senate.

The change in the amended Electoral Act alters the sequence of the 2019 polls earlier announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The amended act puts the National Assembly poll, ahead of the governorship, Houses of Assembly poll, and lastly the presidential poll.

The protests followed the presentation of the report of the joint committee of the Senate and House of Reps on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, at the Senate plenary.

After the presentation of the report by the Senate INEC committee, the Senate President Bukola Saraki, said the report be put to voice vote which approved the report, instead of a debate.

The procedure was opposed by some of the senators, including Adamu Ailero and Kabiru Gaya, who insisted it should be put to a debate.

Saraki, however, overrule them, saying there is no need for a debate since the report is the harmonized version of the amended Electoral Act of the Senate and House of Reps.

The protesting senators alleged that the report targets President Muhammadu Buhari.

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