Se­nate Leader: No cause for alarm over Elec­toral Act Bill

Weekly Trust - - News - Is­mail Mu­dashir Ibra­heem Hamza Muham­mad, Lafia

Se­nate Leader, Ah­mad Lawan (APC,Yobe) yes­ter­day said there was no cause for alarm over the de­lay in the as­sent to the amend­ment made to the Elec­toral Act by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

Lawan stated this at the State House Villa, Abuja, 24 days after the fresh ver­sion of the amend­ment made to the 2010 Elec­toral Act was trans­mit­ted to the pres­i­dent for as­sent.

Both cham­bers of the Na­tional Assem­bly had in Oc­to­ber passed the amend­ment made to the Elec­toral Act, ap­prov­ing the use of the card reader for the con­duct of the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions.

The fresh amend­ment was as a re­sult of cer­tain ob­ser­va­tions made by Pres­i­dent Buhari in the ear­lier bill passed and trans­mit­ted to him by both cham­bers of the fed­eral.

“The elec­toral bill you are talk­ing about has been sent back twice or thrice, that is to tell you that the pres­i­dent is will­ing to sign the bill pro­vided it meets cer­tain con­di­tions that will make our elec­toral pro­cesses bet­ter and more sane.

“So, the pres­i­dent is study­ing this bill, it is not like you will send it to him and he will im­me­di­ately sign,” he said.

4 die, 8 in­jured in Nasarawa auto crash

Four per­sons were con­firmed dead while eight oth­ers were se­verely in­jured in a ghastly mo­tor ac­ci­dent along the Ak­wanga to Nasarawa-Eg­gon high­way in Nasarawa State yes­ter­day.

The state sec­tor com­man­der of the Fed­eral Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Feustina Alagbe said the ve­hi­cles in­volved were trucks, a Volk­swa­gen Sharon Bus and a Peu­geot J5 with 12 per­sons. The vic­tims were rushed to Ola hospi­tal in Ak­wanga where four peo­ple were con­firmed dead. Among the sur­vivors is a for­mer Spe­cial As­sis­tant to Gov­er­nor Umaru Al­makura on Me­dia, Ahmed Tukur, who is cur­rently re­spond­ing to treat­ment at the Fed­eral Med­i­cal Cen­tre Keffi.”

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