President Buhari rejects amended 2010 Electoral Act Bill

President Muhhamadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the amended Electoral Act 2010, sent to him by the National Assembly for his assent.

Buhari rejected the bill for changing the sequence of the 2019 polls, and the National Assembly’s legislation on council polls.

He communicated his three point objections to the amended bill in a letter written the National Assembly, read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, during the plenary.

The first objection is the amendment of the sequence of the 2019 polls, which the President believes may violates the autonomy of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to conduct polls.

Another objection of Buhari is the amendment of section 138 of the Principal Act, which, according to him, has limited the right of candidates to challenge poll results.

Buhari also faulted the amendment of section 152, sub section 325 of the Principal Act, which he believes will likely raises constitutional issues on the competence of the National Assembly, to legislate on the local government polls.

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