The National Assembly has been urged to review the amended electoral bill 2021 to expunge errors and grey areas before transmission to the president for assent.
A group of Civil Society Organizations gave the advise while briefing newsmen in Abuja.
Presenting the position of the group, the Convener, Mr Samson Itodo, explained that after a comprehensive review of the bill, it observed grammertical errors, repetition, drafting and cross referencing gaps among others.
“We discovered cross referencing gaps in eleven sections of the bill, Cross referencing errors were identified in five sections, grammarical errors in two sections, duplicate provisions in three sections and conflicting provisions in one section of the bill. Without doubt these errors might generate controversies and legal implications in the implementation of the bill when enacted, without addressing it”.
“The National Assembly should review the amendment bill and do the needful before transmission to the president for assent, we also called on the president to give assent to the bill within one week upon receipt from the National Assembly”.
While noting that a new legal framework was required to uphold the integrity of elections, the Country Director, Action Aid, Ms Ene Obi, called on the National Assembly to expedite action and conclude the process within 30 days from the 21st of December 2021.
“The President has the power, all we are hoping for is an electoral framework that will promote credible elections in the country, Nigerians deserve the best and good governance.
By Julian Osamoto