Buhari to revisit Electoral Act, bows to demand of presidential candidates

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    Buhari pledges to revisit Electoral Act

    President Muhammadu Buhari addressing the National Assembly members…

    PRESIDENT Muhammadu  Buhari has seen as gratifying the position of the Forum of Presidential Candidates on the 2019 Presidential polls and assured Nigerians that he would look into the Electoral Act as the candidates had requested, while urging the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to accept loss with grace and maturity.

    A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu in Abuja on Tuesday, stated that the Presidency was wholly reacting to the press conference of the Forum of Presidential Candidates.

    According to the statement, Shebu noted: “We are encouraged by the patriotism of the presidential candidates expressed in clear and matured language.

    ”We are convinced that, regardless of our different political persuasions we can work together to improve electoral integrity in Nigeria.

    “The Presidency is in agreement with the Joint Forum that despite the temporary setbacks experienced at the beginning, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) managed to produce an election in which the voice of the ordinary people counted.

    ”Democracy is founded on the will of the people and INEC did well to ensure this outcome was achieved in the 2019 elections.’’

    While insisting that “do-or-die politics is a threat to the success of electoral laws and democracy, and you don’t need to kill in order to serve the people,” Shehu restated that “the success of democracy does not only depend on electoral laws, but also on behaviour, character and attitude of politicians.’’

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Presidential aide stated the presidency assured presidential candidates and chairmen of political parties that the President would not spare any effort in signing the Electoral Act into law after looking into it, after he “welcomed endorsement of 2019 Presidential Elections, described as free, fair and credible, by 60 presidential candidates and chairmen of their parties.”

    On Tuesday the Chairman of the Forum of the Presidential Candidates, Mohammed Shittu, chairmen of the parties at a press conference, passed a vote of confidence on the INEC, while faulting the persistence request of the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Muhammed for Access to INECs server. 

    Shittu had specifically said: “Going forward, we would like to urge President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sign the Electoral Act Amendment into law once it is presented to him again by the National Assembly. That amendment will hugely improve our electoral system and its processes.”

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