Buhari Rejects Electoral Act Bill – Returns The Bill To NASS For The Fourth Time
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday declined assent to the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment bill and returned it to the National Assembly.
This is the fourth time the president will be declining assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2018.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate), Ita Enang, who refused to state the reasons behind the President’s rejection, said he has communicated to the National Assembly on the decision taken on the Electoral Act.
The President had three times rejected assent to the bill, a development which has continued to generate speculations.
The first time was as a result of the re-ordering of election sequence. The president also declined to sign the bill on the account of drafting errors.
Enang, who was not categorical on whether the President rejected the bill, said that it’s the National Assembly that can reveal the content of the communication.
He said “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.”
But he said that the President has signed the National Open University bill into law.