2019 election timetable: Senate blows hot, warns INEC

In a letter addressed to the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the president said the amendments infringe on the rights of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today directed the Senate Committee on Banking and Finance, chaired by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, to begin the process of screening the 2 nominees for Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the Electoral Act amended by the National Assembly for his assent.The rejection of the amendment is contained in a letter to the Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday in Abuja.

"Please accept Mr Senate President the assurances of my highest consideration", the president stated.

He disclosed that the electoral umpire now had about 1,080 cases in courts relating to the 2015 general elections, adding that the commission had received 124 case files of electoral offenders from the police, out of which 60 had been prosecuted.

NAIJ.com gathered that the president gave three reasons for withholding assent to the Electoral Act Amendment bill which was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly intending to change the country's elections sequence.

The Nigerian Senate has cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be wary of opinions of some Nigerians on the amendment of the Electoral Act 2010 because the National Assembly will not tolerate any violation of the constitution.

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The House said it would remain firm on the bill, especially the provision on the re-ordering of the 2019 elections.

Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said the National Assembly has no right to dictate to INEC.

He said INEC was being distracted by too many court cases, saying the establishment of the commission would relieve INEC of the burden as it would fast-track resolution of electoral conflicts."Currently, the commission is facing more than 1,000 law suits arising from the 2015 general elections".

He stated that the section guaranteed the INEC to organise, undertake and supervise all the elections as provided in Section 15 (a) of the Third Schedule to the Constitution.

He said that he was in support for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission because INEC would find it hard to efficiently prosecute electoral offenders and focus on its enormous responsibilities simultaneously.

Ola Adeosun also said the move by the National Assembly is against the law.

According to them, it is a step forward in sanitizing the political environment for safe conduct of elections in Nigeria.


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