The Civil Society Organisations want President Buhari to sign amended electoral law

Nigerian President Buhari
Nigerian President Buhari


The Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) want President Buhari to sign amended electoral law

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under the auspices of Civil Society Partners in Electoral Affairs have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign a new law amending the electoral law.

The electoral law amendment bill is submitted to the President for approval by the National Assembly on Friday in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

For this reason, civil society organizations have asked President Buhari to rise above the elite political conspiracy to threaten the law and sign the law into the law.
Civil society partners called on the President to show statehood and courage against the National Assembly controversy, avoid unnecessary rulership, and side with the Nigerian people, who want to see the law take effect before the end of 2021.

Civil society organizations called for this in a statement on Sunday by the Executive Director of the Development Initiative, Ario-Dar Atoye, and supported by the Center for Freedom, Raising New Voices, Youth and Student Advocates for Development Initiative (YSAD), NESSACTION, Nigerian Alliance, The Art and Civics Table and Speak Out Africa Initiative on Wednesday.

“The changes and innovative provisions of the new draft law are an important legal framework, good enough to speed up the electoral process, build trust and win the confidence of the Nigerian people in our elections,” the partners said.

“We would like to inform President Buhari that the dispute between the governor and the National Assembly regarding the party primaries is not enough to delay the signing of the bill, as the success or failure of the primaries is largely due to the nature of the party primaries. politicians and not the system.

“No law is one hundred percent perfect; w, therefore,e urge the President to sign this law and allow the country to test the new amendments and exclusive provisions of the new election law in the remaining off-cycle elections in the country.

“We would also like to urge President Buhari to recall the promise he made to Nigerians in late 2018 to sign amendments to the electoral law after the 2019 elections, as well as his commitment to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). . that “we will give them (INEC) everything (including signing a new electoral law) they need to work effectively so that no one says we are not leaving or want a third term”.

“This is a great opportunity for President Buhari to get his name on Nigerian democratic billboards by signing this bill in record time, making it one of the fastest bills ever signed by a Nigerian president.
“While the 2021 bill is passed as electoral law, it will be just as important for the president to sign it as a gift to Nigeria by the end of 2021.