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Breaking News! House Of Reps Rejects Devolution Of Power

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Nigerian House of Representatives has on Thursday approved devolution of power during the ongoing Constitution review, 210 in favour, 71 against

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.

UPDATE

Bill 23: Citizenship and indigeneship (after protest)

Yes:  208

No: 78

Abstain: 2

Bill 24: Procedure for Overriding Presidential Veto in Constitutional Alteration

Yes: 271

No: 20

Bill 25: Removal of law making power from Executive Arm. (Part 2) Land Use Act.

Yes: 139

No: 148

Abstain: 4

Bill 27: Reduction of Age for Election

Yes: 261

No: 23

Abstain: 2

Bill 26: Investment and Securities Tribunal

Yes: 270

No: 12

Abstain: 2

Public Complaints Commission from the Constitution to enable only lawmakers make laws on them.  

Yes: 209

No: 47

Abstain: 5

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.

More details will follow…

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