Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has disclosed that the fourth constitution amendment bill would be re-transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent.
Dogara stated this when he received report of the 2015 elections European Union Observer Mission in Nigeria from the Chief Observer, Mr. Santiago Fisas in his office.
He said the constitution alteration bill was forwarded to former President Goodluck Jonathan, but was not assented to up to the end of the 7th Assembly.
The Speaker stressed that the bill was still relevant in the National Assembly as both chambers had provided savings for such legislation after amending their standing rules.
He said they will not commence afresh in view of the time and money already spent in the constitution amendment exercise.
Dogara informed his guest that some of the recommendations by the mission such as independent candidature had received the support of the National Assembly.
He intimated the EU delegation that the National Assembly had made provisions for independent candidates in the bill, which was also supported by overwhelming vote of two-third majority of the State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria.
The Speaker, however, regretted that the non-signing of the bill by the former President was indeed a casualty and assured that they will definitely revisit that amendment as it increases the democratic space and more citizen participation in the electoral process.
He commended the EU for supporting the growth of democracy in Nigeria, especially through the committed participation of its Observation Mission in Nigeria’s 2015 General Elections.
In his submission, Mr. Santiago Fisas, said the report contains 30 recommendations aimed at helping Nigeria do better in subsequent elections.
He said the EU was not trying to impose anything on Nigeria, adding that the recommendations were in line with both Nigerian and international law.

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