By Femi Mustapha
A Group under the auspices of
the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has called on the National Assembly to override the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill.
Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani stated this in a statement and made available to newsmen.
The statement titled, ‘Electoral Bill: Nass Cannot Afford To Disappoint Nigerians’, CISLAC expressed their disappointment over the failure of the president to sign the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
“In furtherance to this, we strongly urge the National Assembly to veto the president on this matter,” the statement partly read,”This is a 30-day period within which the President is expected to assent or withhold his approval to the bill ended on Sunday. The bill was transmitted to the President on November 19, 2021 after both chambers passed it.
“We believe that this bill will increase transparency in our electoral process, encourage citizens to participate in the process as aspirants and voters, as well as help improve the ideology of our elections by reducing the reliance on dirty money.
“We, therefore, call on the 9th Assembly to etch its name in gold in the right pages of our history by exercising its powers under S. 58 (5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended) which states, ‘where the President withholds his assent and the bill is again passed by each House by two-thirds majority, the bill shall become law and the assent of the President shall not be required.’
“If the National Assembly vetos the president, it will show their independence and, above all, respect the view of the constituents who gave them the mandate to legislate on their behalf.” the statement reads.