On December 6, 2018, President Buhari declined assent to The Electoral (Amendment) Bill, which was recently passed by the National Assembly.
What is this electoral amendment bill and why is it such a big deal?
This article explains why the president’s refusal to sign the electoral amendment bill is being talked about by everyone at the moment.
What is the Electoral Amendment Bill?
It is a bill that essentially seeks to amend the election laws of Nigeria, otherwise called Electoral Act.
The Electoral Act is a piece of legislation that guides how Nigeria conducts its elections. The Electoral Act also guides how the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) handles its operations and how members of staff of INEC go about the business of conducting elections for States and the federal government.
This is not the first time Nigeria is amending its Electoral Act. The Electoral Act has previously been amended in 2004, 2006 and 2010 by parliament as the nation seeks to strengthen and improve conduct of elections which is the backbone of any democracy.
When did the Saraki led 8th National Assembly begin work on the Electoral Amendment Bill?
According to Senate President Bukola Saraki, the 8th NASS (National Assembly) began work on the electoral amendment bill in 2016.