President Muhammadu Buhari has explained why he would not sign the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021 into law.
Buhari explained that he would not assent the bill due to the situation in the country.
The president’s position was contained in a letter he sent to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, ThisDay reports.
Buhari also cited high cost of conducting direct primaries, the security challenge of monitoring the election, violation of citizens’ rights and marginalization of small political parties, amongst other things as reasons why he won’t assent the bill
The president said he had received informed advice from relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Government, and had also carefully reviewed the Bill in light of the current realities prevalent in the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the circumstances
He noted that it would be better if political parties are allowed to decide how to pick their candidates for elections.