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Senators Kick against N5b Expenses limit for Presidential Election

Senators kicked against N5 billion Maximum expenses limit for any Presidential candidate in the country as the amendment for Electoral Act passed into second reading.

Presenting the amendment, the chairman of Senate Committee on INEC, Suleiman Nazif informed the lawmakers that seven sections of the Electoral Act are scheduled for amendment.

According to the proposed amendment, where a smart card reader deployed for accreditation of voters fails to function in any unit and a fresh card reader is not deployed, the Election in that unit shall be cancelled and another election shall be scheduled within 24 hours .

Also in the bill, Section 9 (2)which deals with Election expenses, the bill stipulated that the expenses for Presidential candidate should not exceed N5 billion, Section 91(3) N1 billion for governorship candidate, section (4) N100 million for Senatorial candidate, N70 million For House of Representatives candidate, Section(5) N30 million for State Assembly, N30 million for chairmanship candidate while N5 million.

Kicking against the maximum limit for Election expenses, Senator Kabiru Marafa said that the amendment is not realistic and cannot pass litmus test.

According to him, I don’t think we should pass a law that cannot pass the litmus test. I don’t think some of these things listed here are realistic.

Speaking in same direction, Senator James Manager said ,”some of the issues raised here for amendment are very technical.

“I advise that the committee consider all views expressed & come up with something acceptable, not just to the Senate but to Nigerians.

“Also, the Senate needs to take a critical look at expenses.”

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