The two chambers of the National Assembly yesterday perfected the change of sequence in the conduct of the presidential, National Assembly and gubernatorial elections earlier released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This followed the adoption of a rescheduled serial arrangement as reordered by the National Assembly conference committee on the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill.
By the rescheduled sequence, the 2019 general election shall commence with that of the National Assembly, followed by governorship and state assemblies’ elections before the presidential poll.
The lawmakers insisted that election date is the prerogative right of INEC, while extant laws of the land gives schedules for such elections as the sole responsibility of the National Assembly.
On whether the president will assent to the Bill or not, the lawmakers said the amendment was adopted based on national interest and that if the bill is rejected by the executive, the National Assembly will surely employ constitutional provisions at its disposal to make it see the light of the day. More: