Nigerian Senate Finally Passes Electoral Act Amendment Bill
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, October 23, passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill for third reading.
The fresh amendment followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s rejection of two earlier bills passed by both chambers of the National Assembly.
The passage also followed the adoption of the report by the joint Senate and House of Representatives committee on the bill, which was presented to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission, Senator Suleiman Nazif.
The committee had addressed the issues raised by the President in a harmonised, fourth version of the bill.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who said passage of the bill was “almost impossible,” expressed hope that the President would assent the bill when transmitted by the National Assembly.
After the passage, Senate President Bukola Saraki commended his colleagues for their determination to the passage of the amendment before elections.
The House of Representatives has also scheduled third reading of the bill for today.