2015 Polls: National Assembly approves independent candidacy, LG autonomy

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An independent candidate can now contest for President, Governor, Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assemblies from 2015 general elections, the National Assembly adopted on Tuesday.

With this amendment to the provision of the constitution, any qualified Nigerian whether or not a member of a political party may decide to contest for the above offices as an independent candidate

In the same vein, Also, National Assembly approved autonomy for local government in order to ensure effective service delivery and insulate them from undue counter- productive interference from state governments.

Also, the office of Attorney-General of the Federation and Attorney General of a State respectively has split into two- Minister of Justice and Commissioner of Justice.

According to the new amendment also makes it mandatory for the President of the country to attend a joint meeting of the National Assembly once a year to deliver a State of the Nation Address to the joint session of the National Assembly as contained in section 67.

Section 89 and 129 of the bill empowered the National Assembly and the state Houses of Assembly respectively, to prescribe sanctions, civil or criminal or both for failure, refusal or neglect to obey summons issued by a legislative house or a committee of any of the Houses.

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