ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja
Fourth time in 2018, National Assembly Panel on Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Monday set machinery in motion for the amendment of Electoral Act vetoed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Addressing the newsmen before the commencement of the amendment behind closed door, the chairman of joint Committee, Senator Suleiman Nazif said the fresh move was necessitated by the failure of the three earlier ones to get Presidential assent.
He said: “I know that this committee is in the eye of the storm and Nigerians are desirous and expecting to hear from us. Here we are, again, trying to address the Electoral Act for the fourth time.
“Nigerians will recall that there was a first Electoral Act (amendment bill), the second and the third one. And if we pass this one it will be the fourth one. I believe that what we are doing is in the best interest of this country. It will address all the fears and we will ensure that we equip INEC with what is necessary and what will ensure free and fair elections in 2019″.
Although, the committee chairman refused to offer explanations on contentious areas to be addressed in the last rejected version of the amendment bill.He, however, said the committee will explain to Nigerians on Tuesday at the Press briefing scheduled to hold by noon.
“I will not be in a position right now to address the press and I don’t think any member of this committee is in a position to address the press.”We will have to look at what transpired (concerning the bill) in an executive session and tomorrow ( today ) by 11am, we will call all press men and we will tell you in detail what transpired and the position this committee has taken”, he added.
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