President Muhammadu Buhari has for the third time withheld his assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018.
Senior special assistant to the president on national assembly matter, Ita Enang, who refused to state Buhari’s reasons, said the president has communicated his decision to the national assembly.
Enang however said the president has assented to the National University Commission Amendment Act
“President Muhammadu Buhari has taken decision on Electoral Act Amendment bill 2018. In accordance with his power under the 1999 Constitution and has communicated that decision to the Senate and House of Representatives in accordance with the law.”
“President Buhari has also assented to National Open University Amendment Act, which allows the National Open University to operate as all other universities, having the same power and functions and the same administrative structures eliminating possible discrimination as some use to want to have on its products and programmes.
“It has also allowed the establishment of some centers to be called study centers and given conditions for the establishment of such study centers.”
The electoral amendment bill seeks to reorder the sequence of the 2019 elections, placing the presidential last, instead of the governorship and state assemblies and the exclusion of card readers