The Senate President of Nigeria, Ahmad Lawan, has clarified that members of both chambers of the National Assembly do not have the power to alter the outcome of amendments to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill under consideration.
Lawan made this known on Monday after Nigerians insinuated that the National Assembly wanted to accommodate contentious clauses in the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill presently before it, in order to prevent electronic transmission of election results.
He stated that presiding officers are not the ones to determine what is being carried or what is not.
The Senate President confirmed that the senate would consider the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill within the next two weeks upon presentation of a report by the Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He also urged citizens to reach out to their representatives in both chambers of the National Assembly on their dissatisfactions about the bill.
“The National Assembly is embarking on the amendment of the Electoral Act, probably by next week or within the next two weeks.
“It is very important that those who feel very strongly about any amendment that they think should be effected in the Electoral Act should contact or talk to their members of the House of Representatives as well as Distinguished Senators,” he said.