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SENATE NEWS: Constitution review: Senate votes on report next Tuesday

 LEGISREPORTS NG – The Senate will on Tuesday next week embark on clause-by-clause voting of the on-going process to review the nation’s constitution.

 

 The Senate President, David Mark, made this known on Thursday just as consideration and debate on the report of the Senate Committee on Constitution Review came to an end.

 

 Mark, appealed to all senators to ensure they are in attendance during next Tuesday’s plenary, when voting will be carried out.

 

 “I want to appeal to all of us that we should all be here from Tuesday  because we are to start voting session from Tuesday, there will be no room for comment, you will be pressing your button there, either yes or no on Tuesday,” he said.

 

 The Senate President said the upper legislative chamber required a  minimum of 73 votes out of the 109 senators to be able to push the process to the next stage, saying in this regard; senators who were

 undertaking oversight functions of their committees must return to participate in the voting process.

 

 He said: “I want to appeal once more that on Tuesday, we should all try to be here early enough because we need a minimum of 73 to be able to  start at all, if we don’t have up to that number, then we will not be able to do it.

 

 “No committee should go for oversight function from Tuesday, please. My experience is that it’s going to take a whole day. If we start early  enough, we may be able to wind up maybe by about 6 or 7 in the evening, if not, then it will take a little longer than that. But on Tuesday, it  is going to be yes or no”.

 

 Mark lauded the lawmakers for their respective contributions to the  review process of the constitution, saying they will be appreciated by their various constituents for the various roles being played.

 

 “I am sure that your people back home will know that you also made your  own contributions. I hope that you have all addressed the issues that you tried to convince your colleagues on, the issue that you will agree  on, ranging from the exclusive list to whether Mr President should assent to the constitution to six year term, to role of traditional  rulers, to creation of state, to state police, to direct  funding of local governments and all that?”.

 

 “I am sure that your people back home will know that you also made your  own contributions. I hope that you have all addressed the issues that  you tried to convince your colleagues on, the issue that you will agree  on, ranging from the exclusive list to whether Mr President should  assent to the constitution to six year term, to role of traditional  rulers, to creation of state, to state police, to direct funding of local governments and all that?”.

 

 “These are issues that we have all canvassed round to the chamber here.  They are issues that we were able to gather from going round the  country. So, on Tuesday, we will cast our votes and truthfully, we should be able to make history,” he added.

 

 This report was prepared by our reporter at the National Assembly, Abuja.

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