Following the recent moves for reforms in the 1999 Constitution, the Senate has today, voted to denude State Governments of the power to conduct elections for their respective Local Government Councils
This new move brings to 33, the items proposed in the report on the 1999 Constitution amendment bill presented on Tuesday by Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President.
The DPS’ report had 32 items originally, which included the autonomy of the local government councils
Senator Dino Melaye, (APC Kogi), however, noted that the conduct of local government elections by states does not support the idea of autonomy of the local government areas.
According to Sen. Melaye, the local government elections should be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, saying “How do we speak of local government autonomy, without addressing the foundation”.
Other senators adopted Melaye’s motion when called to voice vote by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The bill also proposed that local governments with caretaker committees overseeing them should not receive allocations until they become constituted democratically