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Lawmakers Seek Power To Summon President, Govs

The National Assembly will vote on a bill that would allow it to compel the President to appear before it to answer questions about security and other subjects as part of the constitution review.

The section also seeks to give the governor’s summons to the House of Assembly.

Senators and members of the House of Assembly will vote on the proposal on Tuesday. The Senate is considering 67 bills, while the House is considering 68.

On Wednesday, the joint committee’s findings were presented to MPs in both chambers.

Independent candidates and political parties were subjected to stringent requirements in the proposed constitutional revision.

Bill 48 concerns the ability to summon the president and governors “to answer questions on issues on which the National and State Houses of Assembly have powers to make laws; and for related matters.”

Clause 2 of the Bill, which amends Section 67 of the Constitution, reads: “Section 67 of the Principal Act is altered by inserting after subsection (3), a new subsection ‘(4)’.”

The new sub-section reads: “Nothing in this section shall preclude the National Assembly from summoning the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to attend a joint session of the National Assembly to answer questions on national security or any issue whatsoever, over which the National Assembly has powers to make laws.”

The Bill’s third clause, which amends Section 108 of the Constitution, reads: “Section 108 of the Principal Act is altered by inserting after subsection (3), a new subsection ‘(4)’.”

It reads: “(4) Nothing in this section shall preclude the House of Assembly of the State from summoning the Governor of the State to attend a sitting of the House of Assembly to answer questions on security or on any issue whatsoever, over which the House of Assembly has powers to make laws.”

Bill 58, on independent candidacy, establishes stringent requirements for anyone wishing to run for office as an independent candidate in Nigeria.

Clause 2 of the Bill modifies Section 7 of the Constitution.

Independent candidates are expected to obtain the signatures of 20% of registered voters who are eligible to vote in their favor.

For example, an independent governorship candidate must obtain the signatures of 20% of the state’s registered voters.

A senatorial or House of Representatives candidate must obtain 20% of registered voters in the senatorial district or constituency, whichever is applicable.

The same norm applies to state legislators, chairmen, and councillors at the state and local government levels.

Part of the bill reads: “Section 7 of the Principal Act is altered by inserting after subsection (4), a new subsection ‘(4A)’.

“(4A)In the case of an independent candidate, the person has obtained the verified signatures of at least 20 per cent of registered voters from each of all the electoral wards in the respective local government area, for a chairmanship candidate, and signatures of at least twenty per cent of registered voters from each of all the polling units in the respective electoral wards for a councilor:

“Provided that – (a) a registered voter shall not sign for more than one independent candidate in respect of the same office; and (b) the signatures shall be verified by the relevant electoral body.”

Clause 3 of the Bill also amends Section 65 of the Constitution, requiring an independent candidate for the National Assembly to secure “the verified signatures of at least 20 per cent of registered voters from each of the local government areas in the respective Senatorial District or Federal Constituency, as the case may be.”

Bill 57 is on “Restriction on Formation of Political Parties” and is entitled: “A Bill for an Act to alter the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to enhance existing provisions on the formation of political parties; and for related matters.”

Clause 2 of the Bill proposes to amend Section 222 of the Constitution, which stipulates that a political party must have verified, equipped, and staffed offices in at least two-thirds of all states and the Federal Capital Territory.

It went on to say that any organization that wants to register as a political party must have at least 3% of registered voters who are not members of any other organization or political party in at least two-thirds of the Federation’s states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The Bill reads: “Section 222 of the Principal Act is altered by inserting after paragraph (f), new paragraphs “(g) % (j)” % “(g) it has verifiable, equipped and staffed offices in at least two-thirds of all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, as may be determined by the Independent National Electoral Commission; (h) the names and addresses of national officers and members of the association shall be registered with the Independent National Electoral Commission; (i) the list of such members shall be accompanied with sworn affidavit of non-membership of an existing political party”; and (j) the association shall have at least three per cent of registered voters who are its members and who are not members of any other association or political party in at least two-thirds of the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory”.

READ ALSO: I Can’t Wait To Become A Former President – Buhari

Members of the National Executive Committee or other governing body of the political party shall reflect the federal character of Nigeria, according to Clause 3 of the Bill, which aims to amend Section 223 of the Constitution.

Members of the NEC must also meet the same standards as candidates for House of Representatives election.

It reads: “Section 223 (1) of the Principal Act is altered by substituting for paragraph (b), a new paragraph “(b)” %

“(b) ensure that members of the – (i) National Executive Committee or other governing body of the political party reflect the federal character of Nigeria and have the same qualifications as candidates for election to the House of Representatives;

“(ii) State Executive Committee of the political party shall have representation from different local government areas not being less than two-thirds of all the local government areas of the State, and (iii) executive committee of the political party in the Federal Capital Territory shall have representation from different area councils not being less than two-thirds of all the area councils of the Federal Capital Territory.”

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The National Assembly will vote on a bill that would allow it to compel the President to appear before it to answer questions about security and other subjects as part of the constitution review.

The section also seeks to give the governor’s summons to the House of Assembly.

Senators and members of the House of Assembly will vote on the proposal on Tuesday. The Senate is considering 67 bills, while the House is considering 68.

On Wednesday, the joint committee’s findings were presented to MPs in both chambers.

Independent candidates and political parties were subjected to stringent requirements in the proposed constitutional revision.

Bill 48 concerns the ability to summon the president and governors “to answer questions on issues on which the National and State Houses of Assembly have powers to make laws; and for related matters.”

Clause 2 of the Bill, which amends Section 67 of the Constitution, reads: “Section 67 of the Principal Act is altered by inserting after subsection (3), a new subsection ‘(4)’.”

The new sub-section reads: “Nothing in this section shall preclude the National Assembly from summoning the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to attend a joint session of the National Assembly to answer questions on national security or any issue whatsoever, over which the National Assembly has powers to make laws.”

The Bill’s third clause, which amends Section 108 of the Constitution, reads: “Section 108 of the Principal Act is altered by inserting after subsection (3), a new subsection ‘(4)’.”

It reads: “(4) Nothing in this section shall preclude the House of Assembly of the State from summoning the Governor of the State to attend a sitting of the House of Assembly to answer questions on security or on any issue whatsoever, over which the House of Assembly has powers to make laws.”

Bill 58, on independent candidacy, establishes stringent requirements for anyone wishing to run for office as an independent candidate in Nigeria.

Clause 2 of the Bill modifies Section 7 of the Constitution.

Independent candidates are expected to obtain the signatures of 20% of registered voters who are eligible to vote in their favor.

For example, an independent governorship candidate must obtain the signatures of 20% of the state’s registered voters.

A senatorial or House of Representatives candidate must obtain 20% of registered voters in the senatorial district or constituency, whichever is applicable.

The same norm applies to state legislators, chairmen, and councillors at the state and local government levels.

Part of the bill reads: “Section 7 of the Principal Act is altered by inserting after subsection (4), a new subsection ‘(4A)’.

“(4A)In the case of an independent candidate, the person has obtained the verified signatures of at least 20 per cent of registered voters from each of all the electoral wards in the respective local government area, for a chairmanship candidate, and signatures of at least twenty per cent of registered voters from each of all the polling units in the respective electoral wards for a councilor:

“Provided that – (a) a registered voter shall not sign for more than one independent candidate in respect of the same office; and (b) the signatures shall be verified by the relevant electoral body.”

Clause 3 of the Bill also amends Section 65 of the Constitution, requiring an independent candidate for the National Assembly to secure “the verified signatures of at least 20 per cent of registered voters from each of the local government areas in the respective Senatorial District or Federal Constituency, as the case may be.”

Bill 57 is on “Restriction on Formation of Political Parties” and is entitled: “A Bill for an Act to alter the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to enhance existing provisions on the formation of political parties; and for related matters.”

Clause 2 of the Bill proposes to amend Section 222 of the Constitution, which stipulates that a political party must have verified, equipped, and staffed offices in at least two-thirds of all states and the Federal Capital Territory.

It went on to say that any organization that wants to register as a political party must have at least 3% of registered voters who are not members of any other organization or political party in at least two-thirds of the Federation’s states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The Bill reads: “Section 222 of the Principal Act is altered by inserting after paragraph (f), new paragraphs “(g) % (j)” % “(g) it has verifiable, equipped and staffed offices in at least two-thirds of all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, as may be determined by the Independent National Electoral Commission; (h) the names and addresses of national officers and members of the association shall be registered with the Independent National Electoral Commission; (i) the list of such members shall be accompanied with sworn affidavit of non-membership of an existing political party”; and (j) the association shall have at least three per cent of registered voters who are its members and who are not members of any other association or political party in at least two-thirds of the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory”.

READ ALSO: I Can’t Wait To Become A Former President – Buhari

Members of the National Executive Committee or other governing body of the political party shall reflect the federal character of Nigeria, according to Clause 3 of the Bill, which aims to amend Section 223 of the Constitution.

Members of the NEC must also meet the same standards as candidates for House of Representatives election.

It reads: “Section 223 (1) of the Principal Act is altered by substituting for paragraph (b), a new paragraph “(b)” %

“(b) ensure that members of the – (i) National Executive Committee or other governing body of the political party reflect the federal character of Nigeria and have the same qualifications as candidates for election to the House of Representatives;

“(ii) State Executive Committee of the political party shall have representation from different local government areas not being less than two-thirds of all the local government areas of the State, and (iii) executive committee of the political party in the Federal Capital Territory shall have representation from different area councils not being less than two-thirds of all the area councils of the Federal Capital Territory.”

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