The House of Representatives yesterday passed for second reading a Bill to alter the provisions of Section 7 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to make it mandatory for election to the offices of the Chairman and Councillor of Local Government Councils in Nigeria to be held on the same day.
The Bill would require such elections to be held on a date to be appointed and on conditions prescribed by laws made by the states and other matters connected thereto (HB. 259) 2012″.
The Section, provides that state governors shall ensure that local councils are administered by democratically elected officials.
Sponsor of the Bill, who also led the debate, Hon. Ali Ahmad (Kwara/PDP), argued that if passed, the Bill would bring about true federalism and democracy, particularly at that level of governance.
He said, “we have as many as 25 states whose local government councils do not have democratically elected Chairmen”
Although some members had opposed the Bill, saying that its prayers were not within the jurisdiction of the National Assembly, but those of the states, it enjoyed support Deputy House Leader, Hon. Leo Ogor and Hon. Munir Danagundi (PDP-Kano) who argued that the amendment would bring sanity to the local councils and check the unnecessary delay in conducting elections, as well as other illegalities at that level.
Two other Bills, that for an Act to ensure full integration of Nigerians with disability into the society and eliminate all forms of discrimination against them, and that of the Federal University Uyo passed third reading.