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Senate To Resume Voting On Constitution Review Wednesday

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Teddy Oscar, Abuja

The Senate will on Wednesday resume voting on the report of its Committee on Constitution Review, which passed second reading and recommitted to the committee for further legislative action about two months ago.

The Senate is expected to conclude voting, pass it and go for harmonisation with the House of Representatives before going on recess on Thursday this week.

This is in keeping with the promise of the Senate to expedite action on the constitution review exercise.

Substantial part of the review will centre on the Electoral Act, which many senators have sponsored bills to effect its amendment.

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Deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, had anchored one of the bills, which seeks to amend the Electoral Act 2010 (SB, 455) to provide for tenure of office of secretary, power to issue duplicate voters card, determine voting procedure and for other related matters 2014.

The bill was jointly sponsored by members of the committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution.

Senator Abu Ibrahim also sponsored another bill, which seeks to amend the Electoral Act No.6 of 2010 (as amended) to provide for the holding of elections on the same date, accreditation of voters by electronic means and confer on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) power to cause a debate to be conducted for candidates contesting election for the office of the President and commander-in-chief.

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Moreover, on the amendment of the Electoral Act, Senator Alkali Jajere sponsored a third bill, entitled: a bill for an Act to amend the Electoral Act, 2010 and for other matters connected thereto 2014.

Ekweremadu, who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Constitution Review, said that the Senate is doing everything to ensure that the amendment to the Constitution is completed and harmonised with the House version in good time.

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