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National assembly did not manipulate electoral bill – Lawan

Ahmad Lawan, Nigeria’s senate president has stated that the leadership of the national assembly did not manipulate the electoral act amendment bill.

This was stated on Wednesday by the senate president on the floor of the upper legislative chamber after the electoral act amendment bill was laid before the senate.

Recall that WITHIN NIGERIA had earlier reported how the national assembly blocked the transmission of election results through electronic means in clause 50(2) of the bill.

In clause 88 of the legislation, the lawmakers also tripled expenses for presidential, gubernatorial, senate and house of representatives elections by about 200 percent.

The reported action by the national assembly has drawn criticism from many Nigerians.

The senate president said those accusing the national assembly leadership of manipulating the bill are “misinformed”.

“There are various accusations, insinuations that the leadership of the senate or leadership of the national assembly has tempered with the report of the committee on INEC of both chambers,” he said.

“Some of those accusing the leadership of the national assembly are misinformed. This is the first time this report is laid here and this is the report of the committee.

“This is the decision of the committee on INEC and therefore whatever will be discussed or considered about the bill, will be on the basis of what has been presented to the senate here.

“If anybody feels very strongly about anything, lobby the distinguished senators to add for your positions, rather than blackmail our leadership.

“My phone numbers and that of the speaker were published and in one day; I received over 900 text messages, saying we have manipulated this. We didn’t.

“We will do what is right. We have our procedures. Lobbying is part of democracy.”

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