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National Assembly Insists President Buhari Should Sign Electoral Bill

Members of the National Assembly are mounting pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill 2018 to justify the N143bn the Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives on Electoral Matters has just recommended as the budget for the 2019 polls.

Investigations showed on Sunday that senators and members had discussed the matter across political parties, where they consistently questioned Buhari’s seeming unwillingness to sign the bill. It was learnt that the lawmakers observed that if the bill was not signed, there was no way the Independent National Electoral Commission could spend the N143bn as the bulk of the budget was earmarked for the procurement of election equipment envisaged by the bill.

An official stated, “It is true that this concern has been raised. Nigerians too are not helping matters because nobody is asking the President why he is keeping the bill. Everybody is shouting, pass the budget, pass the budget. If there is sincerity of purpose, the first thing is for Buhari to sign the bill in order to justify this INEC budget.

You don’t build something on nothing. We are worried because we hear from presidency sources that the President does not want to sign the bill. He is likely to return it to the National Assembly. However, our committees had to continue working just to save the National Assembly the persistent blackmail that it was delaying the budget of the 2019 general elections.”

Source –  Punch

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