The Nigerian House of Representatives has on Thursday joined the Senate in rejecting devolution of power in the ongoing Constitution review.
The House voted 210 in favour with just 71 against, while 8 abstained.
240 members voting YES is needed for the amendment to pass. (see below)
The Honourable Members also approved 35 percent affirmative action for women.
1999 Constitution, Section 9. (1) The National Assembly may, subject to the provision of this section, alter any of the provisions of this Constitution.
(4) For the purposes of section 8 of this Constitution and of subsections (2) and (3) of this section, the number of members of each House of the National Assembly shall, notwithstanding any vacancy, be deemed to be the number of members specified in sections 48 and 49 of this Constitution.
48. The Senate shall consist of three Senators from each State and one from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. (109)
49. Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the House of Representatives shall consist of three hundred and sixty (360)members representing constituencies of nearly equal population as far as possible, provided that no constituency shall fall within more than one State.
Bill 23: Citizenship and indigeneship (after protest)
Bill 24: Procedure for Overriding Presidential Veto in Constitutional Alteration
Bill 25: Removal of law making power from Executive Arm. (Part 2) Land Use Act.
Bill 27: Reduction of Age for Election
Bill 26: Investment and Securities Tribunal
Public Complaints Commission from the Constitution to enable only lawmakers make laws on them.
Meanwhile, voting process on the ongoing alteration to the 1999 Constitution as amended in the House of Representatives suffered a setback on Wednesday, as absence of some members and operationality of the electronic voting system marred the exercise.
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