The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a bill which seeks to limit expenses for presidential and governorship elections at N5 billion and N1 billion, respectively.
Details of the proposed amendment were contained in the bill sponsored by Hon. Aishatu Dukku, which seeks to repeal the Electoral Act, No.6, 2010 (as amended 2015) and enact the INEC Act 2020.
It seeks to regulate the conduct of federal, state and area council elections and for related matters’ which scaled through second reading.
Leading the debate, Hajiya Dukku explained that the bill further seeks to provide for the restriction of the qualification for elective office to relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution, use of card readers and other technological devices during elections and political party primaries; provide a timeline for the submission of list of candidates, criteria for substitution of candidates, the limit of campaign expenses and address the omission of names of candidates or logo of political parties.
Contributing to the debate, the Minority Leader, Mr Ndudi Elumelu who opposed the proposed expenditure for some of the elective offices, called for the reduction of statutory campaign funds for councillorship, chairmanship and House of Assembly candidates.
After a debate, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila referred the bill to the House Committee on Electoral Matters.