Ekweremadu meets with UK Envoy, Says Constitution, Electoral Act amendments ready soon

By Tony Edike on 06/02/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 614

Mr. Paul Arkwright and Senator Ike Ekweremadu  during the visit
Mr. Paul Arkwright and Senator Ike Ekweremadu during the visit

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has assured that legislative work on the Electoral Act and the Constitution amendment would be concluded in a matter of weeks.

He spoke on Monday when he received a delegation of the British High Commission in Nigeria led by the High Commissioner, Mr. Paul Arkwright.

Ekweremadu, who expressed gratitude to the British government for always showing interest in state of the Nigerian union and her democracy, said that concluding the amendments to the Electoral Act and Constitution amendment was top on the priority list of the 8th National Assembly to ensure better governance and smooth elections in 2019.

He said: “The 2019 election is very important to Nigeria. The amendments to the Electoral Act and the Constitution all form part of the ongoing electoral reform to continue to improve on the quality of our elections.

“In the previous amendment, a timeframe was set for the determination of election petitions. Now we are working on setting a timeframe for pre-election matters. In the previous amendments, we also created a window for direct and indirect primary by political parties. In the current amendment, we want to make more elaborate provisions regarding direct party primaries for political parties that may wish to adopt it to ensure greater fairness, transparency, and internal democracy in choosing their flag bearers.

“We are also working to lift the restrictions on the use of electronic voting by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. That way, it will be up to the election management body to determine if it is sufficiently prepared to deploy electronic voting or when to adopt electronic voting”.

Ekweremadu was also of the view that the rearrangement of the order of election as passed by the House of Representatives, if adopted by the Conference Committee of both Houses, would help the electorate to judge each candidate on his or her own merit at each level of election.

“The bottom line is that the Conference Committees on both the Electoral Act and Constitution Amendment are meeting separately this week to conclude work on the entire amendments to ensure a smoother and more credible electoral processes as well as promote good governance of the country”, he added.

Earlier, the British High Commissioner, Mr. Arkwright, said they had come to see the Deputy President of the Senate on political developments, especially as it concerned the prospects for the Peoples Democratic Party and legislative activities of the National Assembly.

“The legislative programme, which you have in the Senate and the National Assembly, the changes to the electoral laws are also important to us”, Arkwright concluded.

Posted 06/02/2018 06:52:23 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
FG, APC plot court order to overthrow Saraki,...

Resignation: ‘We won’t pull down Zuma’s statue…’ Okorocha...

APC to Prof. Sagay: You are a Rogue,...

Israel shoots down rocket fired from Gaza

Four Policemen killed In Benue

The crisis rocking the Kaduna State chapter of...

Igala people seek own state out of Kogi...

Nigeria’s population now 198 million – NPC

PDP clears Enugu Council Polls

Nigerian Military raises alarm over Malicious Rape Report...

Another minister skips NYSC, risks jail term

Plateau killings: Nigeria will know no peace if...

 

Latest News Another minister skips NYSC, risks jail term 2019: World leaders have little regard for Buhari – Saraki Kogi Gov’s Convoy in Auto Crash CJ Directs Judges to Conclude Pre-election Cases by October 2019: APC chieftain dares Buhari, declares support for Atiku at PDP secretariat Ekweremadu’s Constituents Carpet Buhari’s Aides over senatorial seat Drama as APC chieftain defects to PDP, places curse 2019: Dogara defects, picks PDP forms INEC denies plans to postpone 2019 elections Buhari assures on new minimum wage as workers threaten strike APC fires back at The Economist, HSBC for predicting Buhari’s defeat Army, others in show of force over IPOB sit-at-home order

 

Most Read NAFDAC eases processes, cost of registering products for MSMEs (6,709 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (5,065 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (4,902 views) IPOB: ‘We need urgent clarifications on Nnamdi Kanu’s status, whereabouts’, UK Govt tells FG (4,373 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (4,282 views) Ex-governor Adebayo, Keyamo, Arise, others get board appointments (3,579 views) Nigeria ripe for Restructuring Now – Nwodo in Chatham House (3,320 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (3,285 views) Anambra: INEC releases 37 candidates for Nov poll (3,258 views) Quit notice: Kaduna Govt obtains bench warrant against Northern youths (3,251 views) Buhari has disappointed Nigerians – Arewa Youth Forum (3,247 views) Prince Arthur Eze canvasses support for Buhari, Ugwuanyi (3,081 views)

 

SECTIONS NEWS (440) EDITORIAL (5) POLITICS (330) SOCIETY (102) SPORTS (12) BUSINESS (194) HEALTH (16) EDUCATION (14) INTERNATIONAL (30) ENTERTAINMENT (7) TECHNOLOGY (1) COLUMNISTS (0) LETTERS (0) OPINION (8)

 

 

Julius Agwu - Crazy Interview Demands