Electoral Act: UNYF Commends President Buhari

Electoral Act: UNYF Commends President Buhari

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BY NONYE JULIET EKWENUGO

Kaduna

Group under the aegis of Unified Nigerian Youth Forum (UNYF) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the electoral Act amendment bill into Law.

This was contained in a statement signed by the President of the Forum, Comrade Abdulsalam Moh’d Kazeem and made available to Journalists in Kaduna.

Kazeem said “the  decision of Mr. President to sign the electoral bill  into law today came very lately, but is still far better than when he declined”.

“This act is commendable, we believed and hope that history will be fair to him on this singular act. The said bill will bring a-lot of significant visible changes in to our entire electoral space”.

He noted that the  new bill  features the following Clauses; Electronics transmission of results, compulsory usage of card readers, making provision for people living with disabilities and special needs, Resignation of political offices holders before the conduct of party primaries, conduct of party primaries atleast 180 days before the general election, he added.

He reiterated  that the  clauses introduced  is aimed at strenghening Nigeria’s democracy at all levels and to equally bring to a complete and logical end all forms of party manipulations that always try to undermine the institution saddle with the responsibilities of conducting election in Nigeria, he said.

He also noted that the signing of electoral bill into law will help the Independent Electoral National Commission (INEC) to review results previously declared under duress and so, he said.

He said that Nigerians can now be optimistic of having credible elections in 2023.

Kazeem therefore  appealed to National Assembly to ignore Buhari’s request on section 84, saying that his request  is not of the national interest.

“The President must at this point prove to us that National interest supersede individual and personal demands by not using his above request to delay the release of fund which in return will slow down preparations of the 2023 general elections”.

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