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National AssemblyGreen ChamberReps consider bill seeking establishment of Electoral Offences Commission

Reps consider bill seeking establishment of Electoral Offences Commission


OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has passed a motion for the rescission of a bill seeking to establish an Electoral Offences Commission.

The decision followed a motion titled ‘Rescission on Referral of a Bill for an Act to Establish Electoral Offences Commission and for Related Offences’ presented by Abubakar Fulata (APC, Jigawa), during Tuesday’s plenary session.

According to Fulata, Chairman of the Rules and Business Committee, “Matters (HB. 753) pursuant to Order Nine, Rule1(6) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.”

“The House notes that on Wednesday 14 July 2021, a Bill for an Act to Establish Electoral Offences Commission and for Related Matters was referred to the Committee of the Whole;

Also notes that Bills on the same subject matter are pending before the House, hence the need to rescind the resolution on the Bill to further consolidate with other Bills.

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Ruling on the matter, Presiding officer, Femi Gbajabiamila referred the motion to the House Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as it adopted the decision on the referral and further consolidation of the Bills.

The House had on Thursday, 23rd June 2022 been engrossed in a back and forth on the floor of the green chamber regarding the debate on the general principles of the consolidated bills seeking to establish the Electoral Offences Commission which was stepped down till Tuesday, 28th June 2022.

The controversies started when one of the sponsors, John Dyegh (PDP, Benue) observed that he was not listed as part of the sponsors of the consolidated bills.

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‘A Bill for an Act to Establish National Electoral Offences Commission and the Electoral Offences Tribunal to Provide for the Legal Framework for Investigation and Prosecution of Electoral Offences for the general Improvement of the Electoral Process in Nigeria; and for Related Matters,’ sponsored by House Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, Aishatu Dukku, Francis Uduyok and Kingsley Chinda slated for second reading.

In his argument, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa who was supposed to move for the second reading of the Bill pointed out that he was not consulted about it being incorporated to move for the second reading of the Bill.

John Dyegh also made a complaint that he had sponsored a similar bill which went through due process in the previous Assembly, but it didn’t receive Presidential assent. Dyegh stated that he then cleaned up the bill and re-introduced it in the present Assembly, but it seems to have been stood down without reason.

Deputy Speaker of the House, Ahmed Wase and the Chief Whip, Mohammed Monguno wondered why John Dyegh did not raise the issue that the Bill he sponsored was missing when the listed Bills came up for consolidation earlier. They called on him not to hinder the due legislative process.

On his part, Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila reminded members that “in this, as in all cases; justice should not only be done but be seen to be done. And if in truth, John Dyegh has a similar bill, it will be unfair to leave him out of the process after putting in so much work into the legislative process,” he stated¬†

The second reading of the Bill was stepped down till Tuesday to ensure equity to Dyegh so as to ascertain if he actually sponsored a similar bill.


Lizzy Chirkpi
Lizzy Chirkpi
Lizzy Chirkpi has a BA in French and is a senior reporter at OrderPaper. She has keen interest in photojournalism and video documentary. She's also a writer and author of a book, "Pourquoi Le Francais." She likes reading, traveling and watching movies.
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