Electoral reforms: 5,000 people sign petition against NASS’ recess

About 5000 Nigerians have signed an online petition calling on National Assembly, NASS, to consider electoral reforms and halt annual vacation until the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is addressed.

Mr Ariyo-Dare Atoye, the Project Lead, Center for Liberty (CFL), made the call in a statement made available to newsmen on in Abuja.

He said the online petition on chnge.org, initiated by CFL, an NGO, focused on electoral reforms, among other core issues bordering on democratic governance and social change in .

It would be recalled that the 9th Senate had since stayed action on the Bill for an Act to Amend the Electoral Act (No. 6) 2010 and Other Related Matters, 2019.

The bill was sponsored Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ovie-Omo Agege, which was passed for reading in March 2020.

Atoye said Nigerians were entreating members of the national assembly to put personal interest aside by giving the country Electoral Act 2020.

According to the petition, electoral reforms now represent a major citizens charter of demand to the National Assembly for the year 2020.

“Ten years after electoral act 2010 was passed, Nigerians are eager to have Electoral Act 2020.

“We dare say that there is no better legacy on electoral reforms to give Nigerians a brand act this year,” he said.

Ariyo said electoral reform was the most sought-after in the country by Nigerians, stressing that with the effort already made 8th assembly, electoral Act 2020 should be a walk in the park for the 9th assembly.

He said that coupled with the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed willingness to sign the last amended version forwarded to him.

“This is an indication that that we almost had the bill signed, except that the current idea of repeal and re-enactment is a welcome development.

“We are compelled by these reasons in the best interest of ’s and her overall wellbeing, entreat the Nigerian Senate to halt plans to go on annual recess until Electoral Reform Bill is passed.

“We further acknowledge that this would likely cause inconveniences to distinguished lawmakers, but needs the support of leadership strata this time.’’ (NAN)