CSOs and active citizens are asking Mr. President to assent to the Electoral Bill and send any amendments to the National Assembly at a later date.
On January 31, 2022, the National Assembly transmitted the Electoral Bill 2022 to the President for assent after expeditiously reworking the bill to meet the President’s request on mode of primaries. The bill allows electronic transmission of results, strengthens INEC’s financial independence and empowers INEC to reject falsified election results amongst others.
When signed, the bill requires INEC to issue the Notice of Election not later than 360 days before the day appointed for an election. Therefore, Mr President has to give assent to the bill on or before Tuesday, February 22nd if the dates announced for the 2023 elections are to be maintained – February 18, 2023(Presidential & National Assembly) and March 4, 2023 (Governorship & State House of Assembly).
Granting presidential assent to the Electoral Bill 2022, on or before February 22, 2022, is in the best interest of our electoral democracy. Any amendment can be sent to the National Assembly later.
On Tuesday, February 22nd, citizens will meet at the Unity Fountain at 8am in Abuja to amplify the call. Citizens are encouraged to engage their state governors around the country on the same issue.
We urge citizens across the nation to call on Mr President to act on this matter of urgent national importance.