Minister of Justice Acknowledge Receipt of Re-Amended Electoral Bill For Legal Consideration

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami have received the revised electoral act amendment bill from the presidency for legal advice.

Malami made this known while appearing on a current affairs programme on television.

It would be recalled that the National Assembly, had last week Monday, transmitted the revised electoral bill to the president for assent.

President Buhari had withheld his assent to the bill in November last year, citing the cost of conducting direct primary elections, security challenges, and possible manipulation of electoral processes by political actors as part of the reasons for his decision.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives had reworked the electoral bill for the second time by concurring on direct, indirect, and consensus primary modes of nominating candidates by political parties for elections.

Speaking on the re-amended Electoral Bill, Malami said he received the bill from the Presidency for advice.

When asked if he was satisfied with the amendments made to the bill by the National Assembly, Malami said, “In terms of satisfaction, honestly, it is premature for me to conclude, taking into consideration that I can admit to you that the electoral bill was only received in my office this afternoon as I was preparing to come over for the television programeme”.

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