LIVE UPDATES: House of Reps votes on key Constitutional amendments

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The House of Representatives will today (Thursday) vote on some major amendment proposals to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Senate on Wednesday voted on 33 amendments of the constitution, approving 29 and rejecting four.

Amendments approved by the two houses will be sent to the state houses of assembly for consideration. A clause would only pass when accented by at least 24 house of assembly before presidential assent.

Out of 360 members of the House, at least 270 must vote for or against any of the amendments to be valid.

PREMIUM TIMES brings you live updates of the current voting by the green chamber.


12.56pm: 274 Reps vote in support of the bill to include former National Assembly presiding officers into the council of states.

295 members support reduction of authorization of expenditure before budget passage from six to three months.

210 members vote in support of devolution of powers to states.

286 members vote in support of financial autonomy for state legislature.

291 members support financial autonomy for LGAs.


1.04pm: Reps support 35 per cent affirmative action for women as ministers as well as 20 per cent for women as commissioners in states.


1.39pm: Reps reject change of names of some local government councils

Also, 275 members voted in support independent candidacy during elections.


1.56pm: Reps reject separation of the office of Attorney General of Federation from that of the Minister of Justice or Commissioner of Justice in states.


2.42pm: Female lawmakers disrupt proceedings for over 30 minutes over amendments on citizenship and indigeneship.

Reps reject bill mandating that a ministerial nominee must come from the FCT. The Senate had passed the bill.


3.18pm: Members chant “not too young to run” in support of the bill reducing the age qualifications for major elective positions


3.35pm: Reps reject bill to delete state independent electoral commission from the Constitution.


PREMIUM TIMES just received the below breakdown on how the House of Reps voted on each of the 33 bills to ammend the constitution.

It was sent by the Turaki Hassan, the spokesperson of the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

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Bill 1: Members of the Council of States To Include former Senate President & House of Reps Speakers as members.
Yes – 274
No – 6
Abstain – 2

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Bill 2: Reduction of Authorization of expenditure Before Budget Passage from 6 to 3 months
Yes: 295
No: 0
Abstain: 0

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Bill 3: Devolution of Powers to States
Yes: 210
No: 71
Abstain: 0

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Bill 4: Financial Autonomy for State Legislature.
Yes: 286
No: 10
Abstain: 1

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Bill 5: Financial Autunomy to LGAs

Yes: 291
No: 12
Abstain: 1

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Bill 6: Democratic Existence Tunding and Tenure of LGAs
Yes: 285
No: 7
Abstain: 1

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Bill 7: State creation and boundary adjustment
Yes: 166
No: 125
Abstain: 3

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Bill 8: Immunity for legislators for Words Spoken in Chamber or in Committee Meetings in Course of Duty
Yes: 288
No: 10
Abstain: 1

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Bill 9: Political Parties and Electoral Matters : Time to conduct Bye Elections and Power to deregister parties
Yes: 293
No: 2
Abstain: 1

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Bill 10: Presidential Assent To Constitution Amendment Bill
Yes: 248
No: 28
Abstain: 4

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Bill 11: Time frame for submission of names of ministerial nominees
Yes: 248
No: 46
Abstain: 1

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Bill 11b: Submission of Ministererial Nominees with their Portfolios
Yes: 248
No: 46
Abstain: 1

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Bill 11c: 35% affirmative action for women as ministers
Yes: 248
No: 46
Abstain: 1

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Bill 11d: Submission of Commissioners Nominees with their Portfolios
Yes: 248
No: 46
Abstain: 1

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Bill 11e : Submission of names of office of commissioners shall be attached with portfolio
Yes: 248
No: 46
Abstain: 1

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Bill 11f: 35% Affirmative action for women as States Commissioners
Yes: 248
No: 46
Abstain: 1

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Bill 12: Appointment of Minister from the FCT
Yes: 191
No: 21
Abstain: 3

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Bill 13: Change of names of some LG councils: Ebonyi, Oyo, Ogun, Pleateau and Rivers.
Yes: 220
No: 57
Abstain: 8

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Bill 14: Independent Candidacy
Yes: 275
No: 14
Abstain: 1

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Bill 15: The Nigeria Police Force to become Nigerian Police
Yes: 280
No: 9
Abstain: 1

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Bill 16: Restriction of the Tenure of Presidents and Governors
Yes:292
No: 3
Abstain: 3

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Bill17: Separation of office of Accountant General of the Federal Government from Accountant General of the Federation
Yes:274
No: 23
Abstain: 2

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Bill 18: Financial Independence for Office of Auditor of Federation/State
Yes: 289
No: 11
Abstain: 0

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Bill 19: Separation of Office of the Attorney General of the Federation/State from the office of Minister/Commissioner of Justice
Yes: 234
No: 58
Abstain: 3

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Bill 20: Submissions from the Judiciary
Yes: 265
No: 6
Abstain: 7

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Bill 21: Determination of pre-election matters.
Yes: 288
No: 3
Abstain: 1

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Bill 22: Consequential Amendment on Civil Defence
Yes: 293
No: 2
Abstain: 1

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Bill 23: Citizenship and indigenship
Yes: 208
No: 78
Abstain: 2

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Bill 24: Procedure for Overriding Presidential Veto in Constitutional Alteration
Yes: 271
No: 20
Abstain: 0

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Bill 25: Removal of law making power from Executive Arm.
Yes:
No:
Abstain:

Bill 25: Part (1): Removal of NYSC, National Security Agencies ,Public Complaints Commission Acts from the Constitution
Yes: 209
No:47
Abstain: 5

Bill 25 Part 2: Removal of Land Use Act from Constitution
Yes:139
No:148
Abstain:4

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Bill 26: Investment and Securities Tribunal
Yes: 270
No: 12
Abstain: 2

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Bill 27: Reduction of Age for Election
Yes: 261
No: 23
Absain: 2

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Bill 28: Authorization of expenditure time frame for laying Appropriation bill, Passage etc
Yes: 252
No: 7
Abstain:2

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Bill 29: Deletion of the National Youth Service Corps decree from CFRN
Yes: Rejected
No:
Abstain:

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Bill 30: Deletion of Public Complain Act from CFRN.
Yes: Rejected
No:
Abstain:

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Bill 31: Deletion of National Security Agencies from the CFRN
Yes: Rejected
No:
Abstain:

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Bill 32: Deletion of land Use Act from CFRN
Yes: Rejected
No:
Abstain:

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Bill 33: Deletion of State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from CFRN
Yes: 229
No: 51
Abstain: 1

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Bill 34: Inclusion of Section 141 of Electoral Act into the Constitution
Yes:241
No:18
Abstain:1

RELEASED BY:

Turaki Adamu Hassan
Special Adviser (Media & Public Affairs ) to the Speaker
July 27, 2017


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