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INEC Speakes On Buhari’s Letter

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has spoken out after receiving a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari over the contentious Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

Buhari, who received the bill on November 19, has until December 19 to sign it or reject it and express his thoughts to the National Assembly.

If he refuses to sign the bill after 30 days, and the National Assembly does not accept the President’s revisions or reservations, the Senate and House of Representatives can recall it and adopt it into law.

If the bill is passed in the same form as it was delivered to the President by two-thirds majority votes in both chambers, it becomes a law without the President’s signature. READ ALSO: FG Backs Lagos White Paper, Says None Of The Allegations Happened

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, responded to the President’s letter on Wednesday, saying that the electoral management body is the end user of the electoral legal framework from a constitutional, legal, and administrative standpoint.

He stated that seeking the commission’s and other relevant entities in the electoral matrix’s opinions before enacting a new legal framework was conventionally sensible, strategic, and fundamental.

Okoye said: “Pursuant to Section 58(4) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the President has 30 days to assent to a bill presented to him by the National Assembly.

“The President has requested the commission and other critical national institutions to revert with detailed and considered views indicating whether or not the President should assent to the bill.

“This is the democratic way to go and the commission will make its views known to the President bearing in mind the overriding national interest and interest of our democracy.

“The commission will go through the bill and revert to the President within the time frame given to it.”

He stated that INEC was aware that Nigerians were anticipating the bill and that a comprehensive, clear, unambiguous, and forward-looking electoral law framework was critical to early election preparations.

He stated that the commission’s norms and directives are based on the Electoral Act, and that without a new democratic legislative framework, the commission’s work will be shaky, which will be detrimental to the electoral process.

When it came to the financial ramifications, Okoye said it was sad that the debate about direct versus indirect primary had eclipsed other important problems in the bill.

“However, it is difficult to speculate on the cost implications of direct primaries at this stage,” he stated. The law is still in its infancy until the President signs it.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has spoken out after receiving a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari over the contentious Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

Buhari, who received the bill on November 19, has until December 19 to sign it or reject it and express his thoughts to the National Assembly.

If he refuses to sign the bill after 30 days, and the National Assembly does not accept the President’s revisions or reservations, the Senate and House of Representatives can recall it and adopt it into law.

If the bill is passed in the same form as it was delivered to the President by two-thirds majority votes in both chambers, it becomes a law without the President’s signature. READ ALSO: FG Backs Lagos White Paper, Says None Of The Allegations Happened

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, responded to the President’s letter on Wednesday, saying that the electoral management body is the end user of the electoral legal framework from a constitutional, legal, and administrative standpoint.

He stated that seeking the commission’s and other relevant entities in the electoral matrix’s opinions before enacting a new legal framework was conventionally sensible, strategic, and fundamental.

Okoye said: “Pursuant to Section 58(4) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the President has 30 days to assent to a bill presented to him by the National Assembly.

“The President has requested the commission and other critical national institutions to revert with detailed and considered views indicating whether or not the President should assent to the bill.

“This is the democratic way to go and the commission will make its views known to the President bearing in mind the overriding national interest and interest of our democracy.

“The commission will go through the bill and revert to the President within the time frame given to it.”

He stated that INEC was aware that Nigerians were anticipating the bill and that a comprehensive, clear, unambiguous, and forward-looking electoral law framework was critical to early election preparations.

He stated that the commission’s norms and directives are based on the Electoral Act, and that without a new democratic legislative framework, the commission’s work will be shaky, which will be detrimental to the electoral process.

When it came to the financial ramifications, Okoye said it was sad that the debate about direct versus indirect primary had eclipsed other important problems in the bill.

“However, it is difficult to speculate on the cost implications of direct primaries at this stage,” he stated. The law is still in its infancy until the President signs it.

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