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Group storms NASS, demands open voting process on choice of leadership

By Mayowa Okekale, Abuja on 25/04/2019

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•National Assembly Complex
•National Assembly Complex

 The move to have an open and transparent legislature got a boost on Wednesday in Abuja when a pressure group, Advocates for Good Governance, led a protest march to the National Assembly to press home the need for an open legislative business in Nigeria.

The group, in a letter addressed to the leadership of the National Assembly, frowned at continuous secret governance in the both chambers.

“We are advocating for good governance. We are concerned with unfolding political development in the polity especially as it relates to the election of leaders in the 9th Assembly.

“Today April 24, 2019 we are leading a procession to the National Assembly to demand transparency and openness in the election of leaders in the 9th Assembly.

“We are not concerned with who emerges leader in both chambers but with the process which we demand must be open and transparent,” the group said.

It added that “the global practice in parliamentary elections is open ballot. Our country should not deviate from this practice.

“We are leading a 3,000-member procession to the National Assembly this morning to insist on openness in the conduct of the election of the leadership of 9th Assembly.”

The leader of the group, Hon Duro Meseko, added: “We are here to submit our petition to the lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives. We demand an open voting system for new leaders in the 9th Assembly.”

Source News Express

Posted 25/04/2019 2:20:44 PM





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