President Muhammadu Buhari in a letter written to the House of Representatives on Friday revealed why he refused to sign the Electoral Amendment Bill for the third time.
Buhari also expressed misgivings about the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to decide on electoral matters independently if the bill is signed.
Part of the letter reads:
“I am declining assent to the Bill principally because I am concerned that passing a new electoral bill this far into the electoral process for the 2019 general election which commenced under the 2015 Electoral Act, could create some uncertainty about the applicable legislation to govern the process.
“Any real or apparent change to the rules this close to the election may provide an opportunity for disruption and confusion in respect of which law governs the electoral process.”
He also explained that some parts of the bill should be revised and promised that the bill will take effect after the general elections in 2019. He wrote:
“This leads me to believe that it is in the best interest of the country and our democracy for the national assembly to specifically state in the Bill, that the Electoral Act will come into effect and be applicable to elections commencing after the 2019 General Election.”
It was garnered earlier that Senate President, Bukola Saraki had implored the President to sign the bill.