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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Senate To INEC: It’s Our Responsibility To Fix Order Of Elections

Senate To INEC: It’s Our Responsibility To Fix Order Of Elections

The warning is coming against the backdrop of the imminent face-off between INEC and the National Assembly over the ordering of the 2019 elections

The Senate has told the Independent National Electoral Commission that it is the responsibility of lawmakers to fix the order of elections in the country.

It said the election body should bot be misguided on the extent of the powers of the National Assembly in the amendment to the Electoral Act 2010.

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The warning is coming against the backdrop of the imminent face-off between INEC and the National Assembly over the ordering of the 2019 elections.

INEC wants the presidential election to hold first, whereas the National Assembly has passed a bill, awaiting assent by President Muhammadu Buhari, for the election of the president to hold last.

While this was going on, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, announced the dates for elections for the next 36 years.

But speaking on Monday while declaring open a public hearing on the bill seeking to establish the National Electoral Offences Commission, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, represented by the Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah, said: “Of recent, there have been arguments on who has power to do what.

“INEC should be cautious of who it is listening to.

“We would not sit anywhere this constitution will be violated.
“It is necessary we caution ourselves.

“We need this country, we love this country.”

Saraki also noted that some political aspirants and parties were already campaigning when INEC had yet to declare electioneering open, adding: “The Senate in particular would be very worried, if INEC begins to condone the actions of some political parties.

“You have not declared campaigns open, and some are already campaigning.”

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