President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld his assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021.
In a letter to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, the president said that the prevailing situation in the country would not allow him to sign the bill.
The President pointed out the high cost of conducting primary elections as reasons he withheld assent to the bill.
Buhari also cited heightened insecurity as another reason, saying that it would be too risky to monitor direct primary elections, which may result in violation of people’s rights.
According to him, small political parties that lack capacity and structure would be marginally denied which he said, he has taken his time to study the bill and wasn’t in the interest of the country.
Matrix News will bring out the detail as Lawmakers react after the plenary on Tuesday.