Electoral Amendment Bill: IMS, CSOs, Protest Delay in Presidnetial Assent


A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) jointly led by the Institute for Media and Society, on February 22, 2022, protested in Abuja to compel President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the reworked Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

The protest which started at the Unity Fountain lamented the delay of the president in giving presidential assent to the bill after the National Assembly addressed the initial concerns raised by the president on the bill.

The protesters who expressed worry that the delay in the presidential assent portend negative consequences towards the 2023 national elections, also alleged that the delay by the present administration in assenting to the bill was a conspiracy against the Nigerian people and a plot to rig coming elections.

Speaking onbehalf of other CSOs, the Executive Director, Yiaga Africa, Samson Itodo, said the bill “is important for several reasons” because it would help in guaranteeing an inclusive and credible electoral process. According to Itodo, if the reworked bill is signed into law, INEC will have all the money it requires for the conduct of elections.