Buhari Tells NASS to Remove A Portion of the Freshly Signed Electoral Act Amendment Bill

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President Muhammadu Buhari has requested a portion of the Electoral Amendment Bill he recently signed into law to be removed.
The bill was signed into law on Friday.
The President in his speech during the signing of the bill at the council chamber of the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja told the legislators that a section of the bill contravenes the provision of the constitution.
President Buhari wants the portion of the bill which bans serving political office holders from voting or being voted for at Conventions or Congresses of any political party expunged.
He observed that the part contravenes the provision in the country’s constitution which already states that such political office holders should resign, withdraw or retire at least 30 days before the date of the election.
Though Buhari went ahead to sign the bill into law, he urged the National Assembly to “consider immediate amendments that will bring the Bill in tune with constitutionality by way of deleting section 84(12) accordingly.
In his words, “This provision has introduced qualification and disqualification criteria that ultra vires the Constitution by way of importing blanket restriction and disqualification to serving political office holders of which they are constitutionally accorded protection.
 
“The practical application of section 84(12) of the Electoral Bill, 2022 will, if assented to, by operation of law, subject serving political office holders to inhibitions and restrictions referred to under section 40 and 42 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
 
“It is imperative to note that the only constitutional expectation placed on serving political office holders that qualify, by extension as public officers within the context of the constitution is resignation, withdrawal or retirement at least 30 days before the date of the election.
 
“Hence, it will be stretching things beyond the constitutional limit to import extraneous restriction into the constitution on account of practical application of section 84(12) of the bill where political parties’ conventions and congresses were to hold earlier than 30 days to the election.
 
“Arising from the foregoing, with particular regards to the benefits of the Bill, industry, time, resources and energy committed in its passage, I hereby assent to the Bill and request the Nationally Assembly to consider immediate amendments that will bring the Bill in tune with constitutionality by way of deleting section 84(12) accordingly.

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