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Constitution: Senate sets up harmonization committee

By Inalegwu Shaibu

ABUJA—THE Senate has inaugurated a six-man conference committee to harmonize all the grey areas in the bill for an Act to alter the 1999 Constitution (Second Alteration) passed by the National Assembly on Wednesday.

The six-man committee, chaired by Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, was inaugurated yesterday by the Senate President, Senator David Mark, after the third reading of the bill.

Other members of the Conference Committee are Senators Umar Dahiru, Ikechukwu Obiora, Sola Akinyede, Abubakar Sodangi and Idris Umar.

Senator Mark said: “What is passed in the House is different from what we passed. This committee is to harmonize it.”

The Senate on Wednesday amended 10 clauses from the first alteration to the 1999 Constitution to accommodate the new time lines for the conduct of 2011 general elections requested by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The second amendment to the 1999 Constitution also allows for appeals from governorship election petitions to terminate at the Supreme Court.

It further provided for the conduct of elections for National Assembly, State Houses of Assembly, president and governor not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days to expiration of the offices by the last office holders.


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