….Says PIB Will Be Passed in Second Quarter and Assented to by President
By Chris Udochukwu
Abuja (Precise Post) – President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan has assured Nigerians that the National Assembly will pass the new electoral law before the end of the first quarter of 2021.
This is also as he has confirmed that the Petroleum Industrial Bill (PIB) will be passed before the end of second quarter of 2021 and will be Assented to by the President contrary to what has happened in the past.
He disclosed this on Wednesday at the public hearing on the repeal of the electoral Act No 6, 2010 (as amended) and enact the Independent National Electoral Commission Act, 2020 held at the National Assembly Abuja.
Lawan who said he has been taking part in elections since 1999 and winning all by the grace of God, stated that no two elections are the same and what that means is that new challenges keep evolving.
In view of this, the amendments must factor in these challenges so far observed so that elections in n Nigeria must be made to account even if who you voted for did not win. Adding that nothing will be more important to a country than a free, fair and credible election.
This he said, will make the looser accept election results without court cases and gives the winner confidence to stay in office and focus on delivering on his mandate, Lawan said.
President of the Senate therefore reiterated that the National Assembly will ensure that the electoral environment and process is free one and not a monetised or militarised environment.
We will do whatever it takes to give Nigerian people a credible election.
Earlier in his remarks, the Director of Plague, Clement Nwankwo commended the National Assembly for conducting the public hearing and applauded the leadership for promising that the NASS will give the Electoral Act 2020 a quick passage.
Similarly, the representative of YIAGA-AFRICA, Mrs Cynthia commended the National Assembly joint committee on INEC for convening the public hearing on new Electoral Act. She advised that we should consider a legal framework that will empower INEC to deploy technology and organise a credible election.