Disagreement on electoral act
The House of Representatives said that it the constitutional right of the President to withdraw assent of electoral act.
The House also made it known that it will not go back on the mission to reorder election after the withdrawal of the electoral act by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Tribune report that Honourable Abdulrasaq Namdas, House chairman of the House committee on media and public affairs said they had collected a letter from President Buhari.
He also said that according to the Constitution, the parliament have every power to disagree with the President and decide on election but this would affect the independent of the Independence National Electoral Committee.
‘We will not act on the electoral act until the president either assent or choose to withhold his assent, and from there we will know the action that we are going to take.
“The President has actually written to us and has withheld assent for the electoral act and he has stated the reason for doing so.
” I want to say that as a responsible Parliament we have agreed with two of the three reasons given by the President.
“We agree with the first one that the amendment of Section 138 of the principal act to delete two crucial grounds upon which an electoral may be challenged by candidates and duly limit the right of candidates to a free and fair election.
” We also agreed with the President that the amendment of Section 152 (3-5) of the principal act which raises an issue over the competence of the National Assembly to legistilate of local government elections, this too we have agreed with that.
“However we are in disagreement with the President over the first reason that was advanced which states that sequence of election in Section 25 of the principal act may infringe on the constitutional guaranteed discretion of INEC to orgsnise, undertake and supervise all elections provided in Section 15 subsection A of the third schedule of the constitution.
” Section 4 of the legislative powers, item 22 says that the National Assembly has power over election to the office of the President, Vice President, the governor and deputy governor or any other offices to wit anybody may be elected under this constitution excluding election to local government council or any other office in such council.
“If the legislative House law gives us this power that means we have power on the order of elections.”