Faceoff As Buhari Rejects National Assembly’s Amendment To Electoral Act

Faceoff As Buhari Rejects National Assembly’s Amendment To Electoral Act

By Wires | The Trent on March 14, 2018
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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrives at Lancaster House for the international anti-corruption summit on May 12, 2016 in London, England. | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the amendment to the Electoral Act, which was intended to change the country’s elections sequence.

The president, who gave out three reasons for withholding assent to the bill, which was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly.

Sources told journalists that the president has on Monday, March 13, 2018, reported his decision to the federal legislature in two separate letters addressed to the Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara respectively.

The two presiding officers are expected to read the letters to their colleagues at plenary between Tuesday, March 13, 2018, and Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Following the passage of the bill by the National Assembly, several civil society organizations, CSOs, senior lawyers and other notable Nigerians kicked against it, calling on the president not to assent to it.

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