Lawan: Senate will ensure speedy treatment of Constitution Review, Electoral reform – ORDER PAPER

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OrderPaperToday – The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has assured that the chamber will speedily work on reviewing the 1999 Constitution as well as reforming the electoral act.

This is as submission of memoranda to the committee on Constitution Review recently ended and calls by Civil Society groups to reform the country’s Electoral process.

Reading his welcome speech after the annual recess on Tuesday, Lawan said: “Distinguished Colleagues, our 1999 Constitution as amended needs to be reviewed from time to time to improve the quality of governance and ensure stability in our polity.

“The Senate Committee on the Review of the Constitution has already invited Memoranda from citizens and organisations alike. The Senate will ensure speedy work on the review exercise.

“Also the Electoral Reform Amendment Bills will be treated with despatch. We must ensure that we make amendments that will enhance free, fair, transparent and credible elections in our country.”

On donations from Senators’ salaries, as measures to fight the COVID-19 will continue, Lawan restated it will continue till the end of the pandemic.

“This recess, unlike the previous ones, was observed in the period of the COVID-19 Pandemic. All of us were largely involved in different undertakings to provide interventions and reliefs to the myriad of challenges brought about by the pandemic in our various Senatorial Districts.

“I commend us all for being responsive. You will recall that all distinguished Senators have donated Fifty percent (50%) of their salaries to the national efforts at fighting the pandemic for the entire period of the COVID-19 Pandemic in our country.

“I must also commend us all for this show of compassion and empathy. The pandemic is still very much with us. We therefore need to continue to work with the Health authorities in the education, enlightenment and sensitization of our people, on the need to observe the protocols established by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and other relevant authorities.”

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