Senate gets committee on Electoral Act
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday announced a six-man committee to reconcile the Senate’s version of the amended Electoral Act with the version passed by the House of Representatives.
The Senate’s conference committee has the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Senator Suleiman Nazif, as chairman.
Other members of the committee are – Senators Shehu Sani, Biodun Olujimi, Hope Uzodinma, Dino Melaye and Peter Nwaoboshi.
The committee is expected to meet with the House of Representatives to harmonise the version of the amended electoral bill before being sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent.
The Senate had in 2017 passed an amended version of the 2010 Electoral Act.
While the House of Representatives had on Tuesday amended the Electoral Act to change the 2019 general elections time table.
This came barely a month after the INEC released the time table for the general elections.
With the amendment, the National Assembly election will take place first, followed by gubernatorial and state assembly polls.
The presidential election will be conducted last.
The amendment was made at the Committee of the whole House, presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun.