The National Assembly has sent the electoral act amendment bill to President Buhari for assent.
It will be recalled that on March 13, Buhari refused to give assent to the amendment to the act which was initially sent to him saying ” amending section 25 of the electoral act would infringe on the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organise, undertake and supervise elections”.
The controversial bill is the re-ordering of election sequence by the National Assembly to have election to the National Assembly comes first and election to the office of President comes last.
This bill created crisis within the National Assembly because Pro-Buahri lawmakers see the bill as an attempt to prevent Buhari to emerge winner in 2019 general election.
This led to the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from Delta state by the house before his suspension was declared illegal by the court.
A top national assembly source told newsmen on Tuesday that the controversial aspects of the bill had been removed.
The source explained the bill, if assented to, would make the 2019 elections “more free and fair”.
“The electoral act amendment has been sent to the President for assent. The controversial areas have been removed,” the source said.
“The national assembly did this to ensure that the relevant provisions are in place to make the 2019 elections are more free and fair.”
The bill sent to the president now has new subsection which provides that when smart card reader fails to accredit voters, the election in that unit would be cancelled and rescheduled within 24 hours, among others.