Why I refused to sign Electoral Bill, Buhari writes Senate

Senate President Bukola Saraki read President Buhari’s letter at Tuesday plenary stating the reasons he refused to sign to assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly.

Punch news stated that President Buhari had written to the National Assembly stated why he refused to sign Electoral Bill.

President Buhari’s letter to the senators reads: “Pursuant to Section 58 (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the Senate, my decision on 6th December 2018 to decline Presidential Assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly.

“I am declining assent to the Bill principally because I am concerned that passing a new electoral bill this far into the electoral process for the 2019 general elections, which commenced under the 2015 Electoral Act, could create some uncertainty about the applicable legislation to govern the process.

“Any real or apparent change to the rules this close to the election may provide an opportunity for disruption and confusion in respect of which law governs the electoral process.

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