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NEWS UPDATE: Speaker Gbajabiamila assures of better Electoral Act as new EU boss visits

NEWS UPDATE: Speaker Gbajabiamila assures of better Electoral Act as new EU boss visits

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has assured that the 9th House will bequeath a superior Electoral Deed that will be acceptable to the bulk of Nigerians.

Gbajabiamila said though no country had a perfect electoral system, the National Assembly was making serious efforts to create Nigeria’s electoral law in tune with the country’s peculiarities.

Speaking during a see by European Union (European Union) delegates in Nigeria, the Speaker expressed satisfaction that the Electoral Deed (amendment) Bill was passed early plenty by the National Assembly and would be transmitted to the president for his assent presently.

The see to the Speaker was led by the top dog of mission, Ambassador Samuela Isopi, on quarta-feira in Abuja.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by Lanre Lasisi, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“You referred to the much talked in relation to Electoral Deed amendment. For you to have a good democracy, you demand to have a good electoral law. Our electoral law is not perfect, just similar your have is not perfect.

“But our goal is to create it perfect. That’s why in the 9th Assembly, we attempt to consider that we create our Electoral Deed to be perfect. We took our time to be thorough without sacrificing anything.

“Nowadays, we’re at the threshold of history. We want to have an Electoral Deed that is acceptable to the bulk of Nigerians. We want an Electoral Deed that does not compromise the sovereignty of Nigeria. That’s key to us. Nigeria is a rattling plural society in terms of religion and ethnicity. These are some of the considerations we have to create,” he said.

Speaking on the issue of gender participation in politics, Gbajabiamila said: “Whether you follow the 9th House of Representatives, gender inclusion is one of our legislative agenda.

“We also attempt not to discriminate against the men. In doing that, one of the innovations is to amend the structure to create an additional senatorial zone exclusively for women.”

Addressing the issue of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Gbajabiamila said the House did a lot in that regard, noting that “we committed a daytime of sitting to that sometime in the yesteryear. We’re still working proactively to create certain that SGBV laws are domesticated in the states.”

Gbajabiamila, who congratulated the new top dog of European Union mission in Nigeria for her appointment, said, “I believe with a lot of collaboration, we can do a lot and greater things together.”

Before, Ambassador Isopi said the see was to present herself as the new Chief of Mission of the European Union in Nigeria,

She reiterated the European Union’s commitment to go on strengthening its partnership with Nigeria, National Assembly and the House, and to formally denote the coming of a special mission later this month.

She said since 1999, the union had been a major partner and supporter of Nigeria’s democracy, particularly in the area of supporting the National Assembly on electoral matters, women and the youth.

“We have closely followed the developments hither, and I’d similar to applaud the approach that the National Assembly has taken in the electoral amendment. We’ll go on to back up democratic governance and institutions in Nigeria”, added.





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