Presidency gives reason for refusal to approve Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021.
Written by News Room on December 29, 2021
The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Garba Shehu, has explained why the President withheld assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021.
In a statement, on Tuesday, Mallam Shehu said the President’s refusal to assent to the Bill is to protect the democracy of the nation and that the President will do whatever he can in order to accomplish this.
It would be recalled that last Tuesday, December 21, President Buhari declined assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill over the direct primaries clause.
In a letter sent to the National Assembly, the President cited several issues with the clause, including; legal, economic, security challenges, among others.
He also said that it would impact negatively on the rights of citizens to participate in the government as constitutionally ensured.