Electoral Act: Those Accusing NASS Of Tempering With Report Are Rabble-Rousers – Lawan

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has described those accus­ing the leader of the National Assembly of temper­ing with the report of the Elec­toral Act as mischievous and rabble-rousers.

Lawan stated this shortly after the Chairman of the Committee on Independent National Electoral Commis­sion (INEC), Senator Kabiru Gaya, submitted report of the committee.

Explaining that this is the first time the committee is submitting its report, Lawan said: “There are various accu­sations and insinuations that the leadership of the Senate, sometimes leadership of the National Assembly, has tem­pered with the report of the committees on INEC of both chambers.

“Some of those accusing the leadership of the National Assembly are misinformed in­nocently. Some are simply mis­chievous and rabble-rousers.

“This is the first time this report is laid here. And this is the report of the committee. This is the decision of the Com­mittee on INEC and, therefore, whatever will be discussed or considered about Electoral Act Amendment Bill will be on the basis of what has been present­ed to the Senate here.

“If anybody feels very strongly about anything, lob­by the distinguished senators to canvass for your position rather than blackmail the leadership.

“My telephone line and and that of the Speaker were published. In one day, I received over 900 messages saying we have manipulated the report. We didn’t.

“We will do what is right, we have our procedures and lobbying is part of democracy.”

The report of the Com­mittee on INEC Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, according to the Senate, will be debated on Thursday.

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