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Reps to debate, override Buhari on electoral act after Easter

Mobilisation for the controversial Electoral Act (amendment) Bill, 2018 has intensified at the House of Representatives to secure the mandatory two-thirds majority vote, investigations by The PUNCH revealed on Tuesday.

Two-thirds majority (240 out of 360) vote of members is the constitutional requirement to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto on the bill.

The main area of dispute between the President and the National Assembly is the provision on the reordering of the sequence of elections ahead of the 2019 polls.

By the provision of the new bill, specifically, Section 25, the presidential election will come last in the sequence after the National Assembly, governorship and state Houses of Assembly polls would have been decided.

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