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However, for unrevealed justifications, the bill has not been endorsed for it to become an act three months after it was authorized into law.
President Buhari signed the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), now Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), which was on 16th August 2021, while the last bill consented was the Agricultural Research Council Amendment Bill (2021) which was signed into law on 8th October 2021.
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Constitutionally, lawmakers have inherent powers to overrule the President on an unassented bill that is in the interest of the masses, but it couldn’t be verified if the Senate would suppose overruling the President on the Electoral Offences Commission bill, given its significance to the 2023 general election.
In the highlight of the bill, it remarks that the Commission will investigate election crimes, arraign culprits and maintain records of electoral offenders.
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The bill also suggested that any candidate or agent who destructions or snatches ballot boxes, ballot papers or election materials before, during and after an election without the approval of the election official in charge of the polling station, shall be jailed for 20 years or fined N40 million.
Moreso, if the bill wasn’t certified before the end of the session on May 29, 2023, it would end with the session.
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