The House of Representatives has pledged to pass the Electoral Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill before the end of July, when the National Assembly is expected to go on its annual recess.
Benjamin Kalu, Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, stated this while responding to a question in an interview on Saturday.
The report submitted by the House Committee on Electoral Matters has not been considered almost four months after it was laid.
While assuring that the bill would be passed, the House spokesperson did not, however, provide a specific date for the passage.
“It will hopefully be passed in a matter of weeks: end of June or first week of July, 2021; before we close for the summer break. So, both the PIB and the Electoral Act will fly before our summer break,” Kalu told the Punch.
Aishatu Dukku, Chairman of the House Committee, had on February 23, 2021, had prayed the House to “receive the report of the Committee on Electoral Matters on a Bill for an Act to repeal the Electoral Act, 2010 and enact the Electoral Act, 2021 to regulate the Conduct of elections in federal, States and Area Councils in the federal capital territory; and for related matters”.
The lawmakers unanimously received the report but in a statement on Thursday, Kalu noted that the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down legislative activities.
Non-governmental organisations and civil society groups have threatened to protest at the National Assembly should the bill not be passed.