Reps Proposes Bill to Stop By-elections: Check Out New Provisions

A Bill to repeal provisions in the 1999 constitution for by-elections into vacant seats at both legislative chambers is currently being debated.

The Bill, sponsored by Kwewum Shawulu, PDP Taraba State, is titled, “An Act to amend section 68(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.”

The bill seeks to amend section 68(1) of the Constitution by adding a paragraph (I) immediately after the existing paragraph (h)”, to read if “he dies during the continuance of his tenure or term of office, in which case, the independent National Electoral Commission shall not be required to conduct a by-election to fill the vacancy, but shall ask the political party which sponsored him at the main election, to nominate and forward to it a replacement for the deceased member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives.’’

The bill also amends section 109(1) to read:   “If he dies during the continuance of his tenure or term of office, in which case the Independent National Electoral Commission shall not be required to conduct a by-election to fill the vacancy, but shall ask the political party which sponsored him at the main election to nominate and forward to it, a replacement for the deceased member of the State House of Assembly.”

The 36 states Houses of Assembly are not exempted from the Bill.

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