Thursday July 29, 2021 4:26 AM

New Electoral act will be passed by first quarter of 2021- Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has assured that the National Assembly will pass the amended Electoral Act 2010 by the first quarter of 2021.

Acccording to the country’s number three man, the Act be used to guide the Ekiti and Anambra states governorship elections.

The Senate President made this assurance during a public hearing on “A Bill for an Act to repeal the Electoral Act No.6, 2010 (as amended) and enact the Independent National Electoral Commission Act, 2020”.

He noted that the Electoral Act would go a very long way in giving a fece-lift to the  2023 elections.

Lawan said: “By the Grace of God, we will work so hard to pass it before the end of the first quarter of next year.”

He also assured that the lawmakers would give intensive focus to the much-awaited Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), adding that their hope is to pass it before the end of the second quarter of 2021.

In his words: “In the ninth Assembly, we have set a legislative agenda in the Senate. They have one in the House.

“Although they are similar, we have consistently remained focused on the Electoral Act amendment and Constitution amendment that may also refine the Electoral Act and the political environment generally.

“Alongside the Electoral Act which is settled, the PIB which is very important will equally receive similar treatment. We will pass the PIB before the second quarter of next year.”

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