Groups Task Jonathan On Constitution Amendment

jonathanSome Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have asked President Goodluck Jonathan to assent to the amended sections of the 1999 constitution before the end of his administration.

The appeal was made at a forum between civil society groups, journalists and legal experts, aimed at appealing to President Goodluck Jonathan to assent to the amended sections of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to the groups, the Presidential assent to the amended constitution, especially those sections that deal with election and post election matters are necessary, in view of the forthcoming polls.

The organiser, Mr Clement Nwankwo of the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, believes that it is important for the President to give his assent ahead of the elections.

Other Conveners at the meeting agreed that Presidential assent to the sections, especially those dealing with election matters such section 285, would provide a better framework for the tribunals and INEC to work.

Professor Oyewo, however, proposed that the lawmakers resolution on the amended sections should be allowed to be part of the laws, whether or not the sections have presidential assent after a period of time.

The National Assembly has amended some sections of the 1999 constitution including sections 65, 134,150, and 285, that deal with Electoral and Judicial Reforms.

Although both the Senate and House of Representatives have harmonised the amended sections, they are yet to be approved by the President.