Following his veto of the fourth modification made to the Electoral Act 2010 and despatched to him final month, President Muhammadu Buhari, in a letter addressed to the Senate President, tagged, ‘Presidential Determination to Decline Assent to the Electoral Act (Modification) Invoice, 2018,’ has acknowledged causes for his motion.
He stated: “Pursuant to Part 58 (4) of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), l hereby convey to the Senate my choice on the sixth December, 2018 to say no presidential assent to the Electoral (Modification) Invoice 2018 not too long ago handed by the Nationwide Meeting.
“I’m declining assent to the Invoice principally as a result of I’m involved that passing a brand new Electoral Act this far into the electoral course of for the 2019 common election, which commenced underneath the 2015 Electoral Act, may create some uncertainty in regards to the relevant laws to manipulate the method.
“Any actual or obvious change to the foundations this near the election might present a chance for disruption and confusion in respect of which regulation governs the electoral course of.
“This leads me to imagine that it’s in one of the best curiosity of the nation and our democracy for the Nationwide Meeting to particularly state within the Invoice that the Electoral Act will come into impact and be relevant to elections commencing after the 2019 common elections.”
The President additionally made some observations concerning what he known as drafting amendments, saying: “It’s also necessary for the next drafting amendments to be made to the invoice:
A. Part 5 of the Invoice, amending Part 18 of the Precept Act ought to point out the subsection to which the substitution of the determine ‘30’ for the determine ‘60’ is to be effected.
B. Part 11 of the Invoice, amending Part 36 ought to point out the subsection through which the proviso is to be launched.
C. Part 24 of the Invoice, which amends Part 85 (1) ought to be redrafted in full because the introduction of the “electing” to the sentence could also be interpreted to imply that political events might give 21 days’ discover of the intention to merge, versus the 90 days offered in Part 84
(2) of the Electoral Act, which offers the supply for merger of political events.
D. The definition of the time period ‘Ward Assortment Officer’ ought to be revised to mirror a extra descriptive definition that the capitalised and undefined time period, “Registration Space Collation Officer.