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FW: President Buhari refuses to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill

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President Muhammadu Buhari has yet again declined to sign the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law. 

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang said on Friday, 7th December that the President had taken a decision but failed to comment on whether or not he assented to the bill.

“His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR has communicated to the Senate and House of Representatives his decision on the Electoral (Amendment Bill, 2018 in accordance with the powers vested in him by the 1999 Constitution. The president has taken a decision in accordance with the powers vested in him according to the Constitution. And by convention, that decision contained in the communication can only be revealed by the person to whom that decision is addressed. But the electoral bill has left Mr. President because he has taken a decision and has remitted it back.” - Ita Enang

This is not the first time the President is refusing to sign the bill. In March, he had declined to sign the bill, stating that doing so would usurp the constitutional powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to decide election matters. In September, the president declined to assent to the bill again stating that there were unaddressed drafting issues.

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