The Nigerian President, President Muhammadu Buhari, has sent the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) between 2019 and 2021 to the Senate led by Dr Bukola Saraki so it can be considered and approved.
The MTEF/FSP, when approved by the Legislature, will form the basis for the 2019 Appropriation Bill
This joins the fourth version of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill which the Senate passed in October after amending thirty-eight (38) clauses in the principal Act.
According to the report, thehe main objectives of the amendments to the Act include legalising the use of card readers or any other similar technological devices in conducting elections.
The amendments will also provide a timeline for the submission of the list of candidates, identify the criteria for substitution of candidates, limit campaign expenses, and address noticed problems related to the omission of names of candidates or logo of political parties.
The Senate retained the amendment to Section 91 of the Electoral Act earlier rejected by senators, which seeks to empower INEC to fix the maximum amount that a candidate can spend on a campaign for a specific elective position.