By Our Political Correspondent President Muhammadu Buhari has declined assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018, transmitted to him by the National Assembly.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
He said the President declined assent to the bill due to some issues. According him, one of the concerns of the President was the period fixed for primaries.
He said the schedule for primaries provided that it should not be earlier than 120 days and not later than 90 days to elections.
He further said the schedule would allow Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) only 9 days to collate list of candidates among others.
“His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, has by communication dated Aug. 30, 2018, to the Senate and the House of Representatives declined assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018