Electoral Bill: We Won’t Throw Away Baby With Birth Water, Says Gbajabiamila

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    Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday raised the hope that the Electoral Act (Amendment) will still be looked at when the National Assembly resumes from recess next year.
    President Muhammadu Buhari refused to assent to the bill, which was passed on 19th November, 2021.
    Gbajabiamila said it is the intention of the National Assembly to bequeath to Nigerians a workable electoral process.
    He said: “When we return in the new year, we will resume our efforts to reform the electoral system in our country. And we will do it together. That is what the Nigerian people expect of us, and we will do our duty for God and our country.
    “Whichever way it pans out, we must not throw out the baby with the bath water and must deliver a credible and enduring electoral system to Nigerians. “Every law is a living document and as long as it has breath, it must survive.”
    Buhari in a letter to the Senate President explained that his decision to withhold assent to the electoral bill was informed by advice from relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government after a thorough review.
    According to the President, signing the bill into law would have serious adverse legal, financial, economic and security consequences on the country, particularly in view of Nigeria’s peculiarities.
    He added that it would also impact negatively on the rights of citizens to participate in the government as constitutionally ensured.
    He also emphasized on the security challenges the country is facing, especially as it relates to direct primaries for all the political parties.
    According to Buhari, the security situation will make it impossible to conduct direct primaries across the country.
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