Rep reveals why National Assembly re-ordered election timetable

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Rep reveals why National Assembly re-ordered election timetable

- A member of the House of Representatives, Douye Diri has spoken on the recent amendments of the Electoral Act 2010

- Diri noted that the old order of elections favoured unpopular candidates to get into power by simply identifying with the president or his political party

- He said the lawmakers felt that contestants should genuinely test their popularity by standing alone and not waiting in the wings to take advantage of the victory of an elected president

A member of the House of Representatives, Douye Diri on Monday, February 12, disclosed why National Assembly changed the sequence of elections ahead of the 2019 polls.

Punch reports that Diri declared that the house changed to stop other candidates from riding on the popularity of the president to win their own contests.

The lawmaker who is from Bayelsa state, argued that the old order favoured unpopular candidates to get into power by simply identifying with the president or his political party.

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He explained that the lawmakers felt that contestants should genuinely test their popularity by standing alone and not waiting in the wings to take advantage of the victory of an elected President.

It was learnt that part of the reasons was that presidential candidates often thought that the electioneering was all about them.

He said: ''The committee worked on the bill and we all voted on the bill in both chambers of the National Assembly.

''You will agree with me that there were a lot of those riding on the popularity of the President, including most of us who are members of the National Assembly.

''So, by this separation, some of them who are not popular, who were thinking that Buhari is a man of integrity and so when I go under Buhari I will win my election, problem will come for them.

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''These are the people who are kicking against the sequence. Not only my colleagues. As we all know, there are even governors who believe that this thing (new sequence) will be a problem to them.

''If you are popular, why will you be bothered that the National Assembly election would not hold the same day with that of the President? Why are you bothered? You go on your own and do your election.

''So, I am really surprised when people say that there is an ulterior motive. I donít see any ulterior motive. I believe that those who are saying this have some skeletons in their cupboards.''

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the National Assembly conference committee on electoral act (amendment) bill on Tuesday, February 6, adopted the reordered sequence of the 2019 general elections, making presidential election last.

The House of Representatives had few weeks ago, began process to amend the electoral act 2010 with the inclusion of section 25(1) in the law.

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