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General News of Monday, 10 January 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Ahead of National Assembly resumption, CSOs demand rework, passage of Electoral Bill

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Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the country have asked the National Assembly to ensure the immediate passage of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill as they commence the 2022 legislative work on January 18.

The CSOs, in a statement on Monday jointly signed by Ariyo-Dare Atoye, Executive Director, Adopt A Goal Initiative; Jude Feranmi, Convener, Raising New Voices Initiative; Rachel Anyanwu, Human Rights Advocate and Godbless Obuture, Convener, Ready to Lead Africa, warned that under no circumstance should the January 18 resumption date set by the leadership of both chambers be postponed as any further delay will put in jeopardy efforts to ensure the passage of the bill.

According to the CSOs, on resumption while the National Assembly may choose to override the president’s veto and go ahead to pass the bill into law, they may also choose to review the bill to meet the President’s demands and transmit back to him for assent.

While agreeing that the president’s refusal to assent to the bill has set back the advocacy for these democratic reforms, the CSOs however said they cannot rest until they ensure that the desire of Nigerians for a more credible electoral process where the people can elect leaders of their choice and their votes will count must become a reality.

They therefore advised the lawmakers to suspend rules of legislative business, protocols and bureaucracy and deal with the issue within 48 hours of resumption.