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ELECTORAL BILL PASSAGE: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MUST DEMONSTRATE TRANSPARENCY AND CALL FOR VOTING WHERE THERE IS NO CONSENSUS

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This week, Nigerians look forward to the 9th National Assembly to demonstrate patriotism and pass a citizens-responsive Electoral Amendment Bill that will enhance efficiency in the electoral process and guarantee free, fair, credible and transparent elections.

We recognize the importance of significant amendments like the: electronic transmission of results, oversight over the election results declaration and providing sensitive and reasonable campaign finance limits in the Bill.

We therefore call on the Legislators in both the Senate and the House of Representatives to ensure that these key amendments are duly adopted in the Bill.

As Civil Society Organisations, we strongly demand that the clause-by-clause consideration of the Electoral Amendment Bill be conducted with utmost diligence, deliberation and transparency.

We recognize that there will be consensus on certain clauses, however, where there is no consensus on a provision or clause, there should be a call for division and a vote should be taken.

Considering the importance of the Electoral Amendment Bill in our electoral democracy, we call on the Senate president and the Speaker of the House to ensure that voice votes are not adopted.

Accordingly, we call on the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives to show that they are committed to a transparent process by activating the rules and method of division and voting ahead of the passage of the Electoral Bill.

As parliamentary tradition demands globally, constituents and the people deserve to know how every lawmaker voted during the clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill for the sake of accountability and stewardship.

Nigerians deserve to know how their representatives in the National Assembly voted in this historic process of passing an Electoral law that promotes electoral integrity in Nigeria.

While we are aware of the scheme by a small group of lawmakers to prevail on the leadership of the National Assembly to manipulate the voice voting method during the consideration of some clauses, we believe that majority of the lawmakers will side with Nigerians to pass a Bill that will transform Nigeria’s electoral ecosystem.

We therefore urge members of 9th National Assembly to seek a profound legacy by giving Nigerians an Electoral Act that will stand the test of time many years to come.

God bless Nigeria.

Signed

Center For Liberty
The Electoral Hub
Yiaga Africa
Actionaid
The Abuja School
The Nigerian Alliance
Raising New Voices
Ayisha Yesufu
Speak Out Africa Initiative
Ready To Lead Africa
Center for Impact Advocacy
Centre for Development Alternatives Research and Studies
Adopt A Goal
CDNDC
The Arts and Civic Centre
Concerned Nigeria
Dinidari Foundation
NESSAction
MACAA
Aspilos Foundation
NATU Foundation

#SaveOurElections #PassElectoralBill
#NoToManualTransmissionOfResults #SaveNGElectoral Integrity

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