Hajj: Reps calls for adjustment of Presidential, NASS primary election timetable to enable members attend pilgrimage

 
Wed Jul 11th, 2018 - Abuja (FCT)
 

House of Representatives

By Levinus Nwabughiogu

ABUJA- House of Representatives has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to adjust its time table for the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly primaries to enable Nigerian Muslim politicians attend the hajj pilgrimage.

The appeal followed a motion titled “Urgent Need for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to Adjust its Time Table for the Conduct of Presidential and National Assembly Primary Elections” sponsored by Hon. Abdullahi Balarabe Salame from Sokoto State.

Moving the motion, Hon. Salame said that the primaries will be two days before Arafat which will begin in the evening of Monday, 20th August, 2018 and end in the evening of Tuesday, 21 August, 2018 subject to a little variation of dates.

He expressed concern that the timing would affect many of those participating in the pilgrimage.

He said “The House notes that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has recently announced Time Table for the 2019 General Elections and the schedule of its activities;

“Further notes that according to the INEC Time Table, the Presidential and National Assembly primaries will begin on August 18, 2018;

“Concerned that the Timetable scheduled by INEC for the commencement of Presidential and National Assembly primaries will be two days before Arafat which will begin in the evening of Monday, 20th August, 2018 and end in the evening of Tuesday, 21 August, 2018 subject to a little variation of dates;

“Aware that observance of Arafat day is one of the major cardinals of hajj pilgrimage, the non-performance of which will make the pilgrimage an incomplete exercise;

“Worried that the time scheduled by INEC for the conduct of such primaries will create a lot of inconvenience for Nigerian Muslim pilgrims participating in the primaries”.

The House adopted the motion when committed to vote.

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