Buhari declines assent on amendment to Electoral Act

Electoral Act

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the amendment to the Electoral Act, which intended to change the country’s elections sequence.

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

The president, it was gathered, gave three reasons for withholding assent to the bill, which was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly.

The president, on Monday, communicated his decision to the federal legislature in two separate letters addressed to the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki read the letters to his colleagues while Dogara is also expected to do same at plenary of the House of Representatives today.

Following the passage of the bill by the National Assembly, several civil society organisations (CSOs), senior lawyers and other notable Nigerians kicked against it, calling on the president not to assent to it.

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