Bill To Reduce Expenses On Presidential And Governorship Elections Passes 2nd Reading

25 November 2020 By Aisha Adesanya

A bill seeking to limit expenses for Presidential and Governorship elections at five billion naira and one billion naira, has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

Details of the proposed amendment is contained in the bill sponsored by Aishatu Dukku which seeks to repeal the Electoral Act, and enact the INEC Act 2020, to regulate the conduct of Federal, State and Area Councils elections and other related matters.

Leading the debate, Dukku explained that the bill further seeks to provide for restriction on the qualification for elective offices to relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution, use of card readers and other technological devices during elections and political party primaries.

The bill is also to provide a timeline for the submission of list of candidates, criteria for substitution of candidates, limit of campaign expenses and address the omission of names of candidates or logo of political parties.

The Lawmaker noted that the proposed amendments became necessary with the view to correct the flaws observed in the electoral system and deepen the nation’s democracy.

Contributing to the debate, the Minority Leader, Mr Ndudi Elumelu who opposed the proposed expenditure for some of the elective offices, called for the reduction of statutory campaign funds for Councillorship, Chairmanship and House of Assembly candidates.

After a robust debate, the
Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila referred the bill to the House Committee on Electoral Matters for further legislative action.

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