Former Senate President of the Nigerian National Assembly, Senator Olubukola Saraki, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the electoral amendment bill to law. ayokinews.com reports
Saraki, who happens to be the President of the 8th National Assembly, stated that the electoral bill, when signed to law, would promote free, fair, and more transparent elections in the country.
Recall that Saraki led-Senate had during his tenure passed amendments to the Electoral Act four times between 2015 and 2019.
He stated that by assenting to the electoral amendment bill, President Buhari would “leave behind a stronger democracy than his predecessors”.
Saraki said: “Nigeria, as a leader on the African continent, must always ensure that the voice of Nigerians — especially young people — will be heard in government. This can only happen when our electoral laws are seen to have integrity.”
“We all want to build a nation with strong democratic values, that instills confidence in investors. This all begins with having a sound Electoral Act.”
“The amended Electoral Act on the President’s desk has about 25 amendments. Of these, it is only four subsections on direct primaries that are contentious.”
“Anyway, not all laws are perfect. Nigeria’s democracy stands to gain so much more from the other amendments, than what it will lose from the four contentious subsections.”
“As Mr. President has said at several fora, he hopes to leave behind a stronger democracy than his predecessors. This is why, like millions of Nigerians and our friends in the international community, I believe that this law will give our nation a framework that ensures that we have a fairer and more transparent electoral system.”