Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Chaos as Senate Adopts Change in Election Timetable

Chaos as Senate Adopts Change in Election Timetable

Citing section 76 of the Constitution, lawmakers insisted that the responsibility of scheduling elections rest with the electoral body, saying that due process was not followed in adopting this section.

The confirmation followed the adoption of the report by the Senate Committee on INEC on the screening of the nominees.

The federal lawmakers want their election to come up first, followed by that of state lawmakers and governors, and lastly the presidential election.

The Nigerian Senate has finally confirmed the Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) nominated by President Muhammad Buhari.

The House of Representatives was first to, on January 23, amend the Electoral Act to change the order of the 2019 general elections.

The report was unanimously adopted by the APC controlled House of Representatives.

The amendment by the House was made at the Committee of the whole House, presided over by Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun.

According to the section, the elections shall be held in the following order: (a) National Assembly election (b) State Houses of Assembly and Governorship elections (c) Presidential election.

Also amended was section 143 with a new section 3 providing that "where the nomination of an elected candidate is nullified by the court and notice of appeal against the decision is given within the stipulated period for appeal, the elected candidate shall not, withstanding the contrary decision of the court, remain in office pending the determination of appeal".

They claim despite the adoption of the report by the Senate, they would work towards reversing the proposed order.

"It's our considered view that obstacles or booby traps should not be planted to block President Muhammadu Buhari from firming the solid foundation he is laying in the provision of critical infrastructure - RAILS, ROADS, AGRO & POWER (RRAP) projects".

Yesterday, the report of the committee was presented by the chairman, Senator Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi North).

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