BREAKING: Senate shoots down power devolution, SIECs, okays independent candidature
Nigerian Senate on Wednesday took radical steps towards constitutional amendment as members voted against State electoral commissions and devolution of power which ought to transfer more powers from the Federal Government to States. It also voted in support of the clamour for independent candidates for elections.
The Senate voted on 33 items proposed for amendment in the 1999 Constitution.
According to the result of the electronic voting on devolution of power, 46 senators voted in support, 48 voted against while one senator abstained.
On the vote which transferred conduct of local government elections from SIECs to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Senate had 73 votes in support. The vote also favoured autonomy for local governments.
Recall that many interest groups especially from the southern part of the country have been clamouring for devolution of power so as to give more powers to the federating states.