The Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, a coalition of civil society organisations in Nigeria working on electoral issues, has expressed concerns over the refusal of assent by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Electoral Amendment Bill, saying: “This is capable of undermining the marginal gains towards achieving credibility in our electoral system.”

The group, in a statement by its chairperson, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, said: “In the past, the TMG had raised concern over the timeframe for the amendment of the electoral act and its likely implication to the 2019 elections. “While TMG recognises this fundamental challenge, the reasons upon which the presidency is hinging its withholding of assent on is unattainable, as the journey to the version passed into law by the legislature is a product of extensive deliberation between the executive and legislature.

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