Senate’s Makes U-Turn On Electoral Act Amendment Bill, Opts To Consult With Reps

Senate's Makes U-Turn On Electoral Act Amendment Bill, Opts To Consult With Reps
Senate President, Ahmed Lawan

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday failed to carry the threat of overriding the President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto on the Electoral Act (Amendments) Bill 2021.

The Senate, after emerging from a 40-minute closed session announced the decision to embark on consultation with members of the House of Representatives and their constituents.

The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, explained after the executive session that the upper chamber had decided to consult with members of the House of Representatives on the matter, adding that since the House had gone on recess and the constitution prescribes that both chambers should take a joint decision on the matter, it would be proper for them to wait till January before any action could be taken.

According to Lawan, the Senate in the closed session agreed that members should consult with their constituencies who are critical stakeholders in the electoral process.

The Senate had on Tuesday, adjourned plenary till today (Wednesday), to enable them to override the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on the 2010 Electoral Act (amendments) Bill 2021.

There were reports that the federal lawmakers agreed to vote on the matter on resumption of plenary today, with scores of Senators who spoke on and off record, expressing misgivings about the President’s decision to withhold assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.


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