By Hafsat Abdullahi and Henrietta Attah
A civil society group, Peace and Anti-Corruption Advocacy has commended the National Assembly Joint Committee on Electoral Matters headed by Senator Suleiman Mohammed Nazif for its pro-activeness and patriotism in adopting the 4th version of the Electoral Amendment Bill.
In press statement made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday and signed by the National Coordinator of the group, Comrade James Okoronkwo, they noted that by this singular act the National Assembly has demonstrated her preparedness to ensure a free, fair and peaceful general election next year in Nigeria.
They also recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier withheld assent to the electoral amendment bill because of 14 contentious areas which he insisted must be addressed by the National Assembly.
Speaking further, the group stated that by addressing the controversial issues raised by the executive in the electoral amendment bill, the NASS Joint Committee on Electoral Matters has rekindled the hopes of Nigerians on the ability of the legislature to rise above party affiliations to work for the overall development of the nation.
In the same vein, they urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to complement the National Assembly’s commitment to a peaceful election by being a transparent umpire.
The group also appealed to Nigeria Police and other security agencies to remain neutral during and after the election.