The bill for the amendment of the State Electoral Law has been approved by the Ekiti House of Assembly.
The amended bill which was approved on Tuesday was tagged: “Ekiti Independent Electoral Commission (third amendment) Bill, 2021.”
The amendment was made during Tuesday’s plenary in Ado-Ekiti, which was presided over by Speaker pro-tempore Chief Gboyega Aribisogan.
Due to the absence of the Speaker, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, and his deputy, Mr. Hakeem Jamiu, Aribisogan was named speaker pro-tempore.
Aribisogan, who spoke during the discussion, stated that the bill was an update to the existing law that would allow the commission to function more effectively.
Mr. Bode Adeoye (APC-Ekiti West II), sponsor of the bill, further stated that the modification was prompted by the state government’s recent introduction of 19 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).
According to Adeoye, the bill aims to provide a suitable legal foundation as well as empower the electoral body to function efficiently in light of present realities.
Mr Tajudeen Akingbolu (APC-Ekiti West I) and Mr Raphael Ajibade (APC-Moba I), both Deputy Leaders, said the bill would be introduced at the right time.
According to them, it will enhance more commitment on the part of the electoral body.
The assembly also passed a bill for a law to establish Ekiti Drugs and Health Supplies Management Agency and Other Matters Connected Therewith, 2021.
The passage followed the adoption of the report of the House Committee on Health, Human Services and HIV/AIDS read by its Chairman, Mrs Teju Okuyiga (APC-Gbonyin).
According to Okuyiga, the law aimed to create an entity tasked with ensuring the regular provision of high-quality pharmaceuticals and health supplies at reasonable prices to all of the state’s health facilities.