Sign Electoral Act Amendment Bill, Agbakoba writes Buhari


Olisa Agbakoba SAN

Human Rights Lawyer and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN, has expressed concern about the 2019 general elections and therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign into law the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018.

In a letter addressed to President Buhari on Wednesday, Agbakoba said that the nation’s general election was just three months away and the unsigned Bill should serve as legal regime giving credibility to the 2019 election.
Agbakoba wrote: “We are concerned that the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018 has not been signed into law 3 months into the general election in spite of the fact that it has long been transmitted by the National Assembly. 
The Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018 is the legal regime for the 2019 election. It is therefore important that every person is familiar with its provisions.
Agbakoba continued in his letter to Buhari that “If you recall, the late signing of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2015 created so much confusion and resulted in widespread electoral malpractices. If you also recall, the late signing resulted in conflicting decisions in the courts, especially on the use of card readers.
He also reminded Mr. President that, “The Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed by the National Assembly to address all the challenges created by the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2015. It is therefore important that you sign into law, the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018.
This will enable INEC, political parties and the courts discharge their responsibilities effectively.