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For the fourth time, Senate passes Electoral Act amendment bill

The Nigerian Senate has for the fourth time passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

The bill was passed after the joint report of the Senate and House of Representatives committee on the bill was adopted by the Senate during plenary on Tuesday.

The report was presented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission, Senator Suleiman Nazif.

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It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had withheld his assent to the bill on three occasions, citing constitutional and drafting issues as reasons.

The committee was said to have addressed the issues raised by the President in a harmonized fourth version of the bill.

Speaking on the bill after passage, Senate President Bukola Saraki remarked that the passage of the bill was “almost impossible.”

He however expressed hope that the President would assent to the bill when transmitted by the National Assembly.

The House of Representatives is also expected to pass the bill today.

 

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