Senate President denies altering the Electoral Reform Bill

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has denied claims that he has incited the provisions of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill which will be passed soon.

The controversial bill had caused heated reactions in recent weeks over revelations that lawmakers plan to pass it without a provision for the electronic transmission of votes, as well as another provision that hikes the spending limit for election campaigns.⁣

The leadership of the National Assembly has been criticised over the advancement of the bill, but Lawan said on Wednesday, 14th of July, 2021 he has had no input on the content of the bill.

He disclosed this after the chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya, presented a report on the bill during plenary.⁣

He said, “This is the first time this report is laid here. This is the decision of the Committee on INEC; and therefore, whatever will be discussed or considered about the 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 distinguished senators to canvass for your position rather than blackmail the leadership.⁣

“Because my telephone line and that of the Honourable Speaker were published; in one day, I received over 900 SMS messages saying we have manipulated this. We didn’t.”⁣

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