Electoral Act Amendmet Bill: Nass Lawmakers to Aggregate Opinions on consultations with Constituents – Senate Leader
As the National Assembly resumes this week the Leader of the Senate, Yahaya Abdullahi has said that one of the major agendas before the Senate is to aggregate opinions of senators on consultations with their constituents over the controversial issue of direct primary.
The Senate Leader who stated this while fielding questions from newsmen at the National Assembly complex in Abuja also said that the resumption for the legislative duties would enable the red chamber interact with House of Representatives on the way forward over the electoral bill.
It would be recalled that prior to the time the Upper Chamber went on Chrismas and New Year break, President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, said that the Senate would consult with the House of Representatives on how to respond to President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to withhold assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill passed by the National Assembly.
According to senator Lawan, the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) does not permit the upper chamber to exclusively take any action on such matters in the absence of the House of Representatives, that had already embarked on recess.
President of the Senate however, assured that a joint position would be reached with the House of representatives after due consultation with Nigerians to determine the appropriate line of action when both chambers reconvene from the Christmas break in January.
Meanwhile, the Senate Leader said that whatever position that would be taken on the controversial electoral bill would be in line with the provision of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
Senator Yahaya Abdullahi also stressed that he cannot predict what the final decision of lawmakers would be on the electoral bill .
The Senate Leader disclosed that constitution amendment would be given priority and other items on the agenda set at the beginning of the nineth senate would be addressed and completed.
Senator Abdullahi who commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the declaration of bandits as terrorists said the Senate is vindicated as the level of insecurity in the country is becoming unbearable.
By James itodo