Polls reordering: Senate re-introduces Electoral Act amendment bill
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Polls reordering: Senate re-introduces Electoral Act amendment bill


A new bill on the amendment is to be presented and passed for first reading today, Tuesday, March 27, according to the Order Paper for today’s plenary, Punch reports.The first version of the bill, which was introduced in the House of Representatives, had been passed by the National Assembly but vetoed by President Muhammadu Buhari. The bill had sought to reorder the sequence of polls during a general election, which generated controversy over the allegation that it was targeted at Buhari in the 2019 elections. Meanwhile, we had reported that Attorney General of the Federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Independent National Electoral Commission have given reasons why the court should not allow the NASS to tamper with the already released sequence for the forthcoming general elections. The NASS, through its lead counsel, Joseph Daudu queried the jurisdiction of the court to stop it from securing two-third majority to override President Buhari’s refusal to assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, 2018, which altered the election sequence. The NASS equally challenged the locus-standi of the plaintiff to institute the action, noting that it failed to tender its Certificate of Registration to enable the court to confirm that it is a genuine political party.

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