FG insists on amendment of Electoral Act, considers legal action

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The federal government has said it will not back down on its quest to amend the Electoral Act 2022.

The attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, while briefing newsmen at the end of the weekly FEC meeting said the federal government is considering all options following the senate’s rejection of President Muhammadu Buhari’s request on the Electoral Act, 2022.

On February 25, Buhari signed the electoral act amendment bill into law and he asked the national assembly to delete clause 84(12), which he said disenfranchises political appointees.

The president argued that “Section 84 (12) constitutes a disenfranchisement of serving political office holders from voting or being voted for at Conventions or Congresses of any political party, for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election in cases where it holds earlier than 30 days to the National Election”.

However, the Senate refused to consider the president’s request and threw out the bill seeking the amendment of the section with lawmakers stressing that an amendment of Section 84 (12) would be going against the civil service norms and would be injurious to the well-being of the society.

Malami affirmed that while it is the responsibility of the lawmakers to legislate, the federal government will exploit all options available — if it becomes necessary.




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