Bill seeking 6-year single term for President, Governors fails

A Bill to or a single 6-year term for the President and governors, proposed in the senate has failed to scale second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bill which also sought a 6-year term for members of the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly, according to Channels, failed to scale through a second reading in the House of Representatives.

Bill seeking 6-year single term for President, Governors fails

It was gathered that majority of the lawmakers during plenary on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, rejected the bill which was sponsored by Hon John Dyegh.

John Dyegh argued that the bill was necessary to for members of the National Assembly to gain more experience in six years years instead of four.

According to him, re-election for the President and governors cost three times more than the first election and is characterised by violence. He believes a single term of five years will curb the irregularities associated with re-election.

The lawmakers in disagreement with Dyegh pushed instead for a credible electoral process. They argued that the President or governor will be unable to make meaningful achievements if restricted to just a six year single term.

They added that the current tenure provides an opportunity for appraisal every four years.

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