Electoral Act: Remove Contentious Provision on Direct Primaries – Saraki

The President of the 8th Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has advised the National Assembly to remove the contentious provision on direct primaries or veto Buhari’s decision on Electoral Act [amendment] Bill.

Saraki in his reaction said the National Assembly should not to allow one contentious clause to throw away all the positives in the proposed Electoral Act.

According to him, at this point, two options are open to the National Assembly. They either veto the president’s decline of assent or remove the contentious provision on direct primaries and send it back to the president for his assent.

“Now that Mr. President has conveyed his decision to decline assent to the Electoral Act [amendment] Bill, I am sure that I speak on behalf of millions of Nigerians in urging the National Assembly to act fast.” He explained.

“Whichever option, our legislators choose, can be accomplished in the shortest possible time. We could have a new electoral law in January 2022.”

Saraki noted that Nigerians desire to have a new electoral law that will lead to having a credible, free, fair, and peaceful process of electing our leaders.

He however cautioned the lawmakers by saying, ‘the option of not doing anything after the refusal of the assent by the President is not an option.’

 

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