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Constitution Amendment: Senate votes in favour of financial autonomy to State Houses of Assembly, Judiciary, LGs.

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The Senate on Tuesday voted for the proposed amendments to the 1999 constitution granting financial autonomy to State Houses of Assembly, Judiciary and Local Governments.

In the electronic vote on the floor, 83 senators voted for financial autonomy to state houses of assembly and judiciary, while one senator voted against it.

The Red Chamber rejected a proposed amendment to change the name of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State to Gwul.

In the voting, 67 senators voted for the proposed change of name, while 28 voted against it.

The proposal failed to meet the required two-third membership.

The National Assembly also rejected a constitutional bill seeking to expand immunity to the presiding officers of the national assembly.

The bill also sought to extend the immunity privilege to the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).

The proposed legislation is titled: ‘A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Expand Immunity to the Legislative and Judicial Arms of Government; and for Related Matters.

Using the electronic voting system 185 members of the house of representatives voted in favour of the bill while 111 voted against it — and five lawmakers abstained.

At the upper legislative chamber, 50 senators voted against while 29 voted in favour of the bill.

The national assembly is voting on the amendments to the 1999 constitution, with 68 constitutional bills up for consideration

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