The House of Representatives has congratulated all Nigerians on the signing of the Electoral (Amendment) Bill into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement in Abuja, the Spokesman of the House, Benjamin Kalu said; “This marks the fulfilment of a key promise made to Nigerians by the 9th House of Representatives that we would deliver an amended electoral law worthy of our blossoming democracy.
“The House recognizes that this Act is the product of extensive work and collaboration by all Nigerians, stakeholders, civil society and the National Assembly ‘under the leadership of the Senate President, Sen.
Ahmed Lawan, and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, who are committed to doing the business of the people distinctively.
“We congratulate everyone who has played a role in this process to enhance our democracy through electoral reforms.
“The House also congratulates Mr President for upholding this legacy for Nigerians by signing the historic bill after several years of hard work.
The statement said it is confident that the bill which has become law will substantially improve the integrity of Nigerian elections adding that the ball is now in the court of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to commence preparations for the next elections.
“The House remains confident in the ability of INEC to deliver credible elections as they faithfully implement this law.
We urge Nigerians to take advantage of this by registering and showing up to vote in the coming elections.
“This is indeed a proud moment for the 9th House of Representatives as one of its great achievements in addition to the Deep offshore Act, January to December Budget Cycle, Nigerian Police Act, Climate Change Act, Petroleum Industry Act, and now the Electoral Amendment Act.
“The House remains committed to strengthening our democracy even as we conclude our work on the Constitutional Review to diligently deliver an improved Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Electoral Act: House of Representatives congratulates Nigerians, President Buhari