Section 69 and 70 of the 1999 Constitution: Removal and Salary of National Assembly Members

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The 1999 Constitution

Section 69 (a)

A member of the Senate or of the House Representatives may be recalled as such a member if –

there is presented to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission a petition in that behalf signed by more than one-half of the persons registered to vote in that member’s constituency alleging their loss of confidence in that member; and


(There are two steps that must be taken to remove a senator or a member of the House of Representatives; 

Firstly, the Chairman of INEC must have received a petition (letter) that the registered voters represented by that senator or member have lost their confidence in his/her leadership (they do not want him to represent them). This letter must be signed by more than half of these registered voters;)


Section 69 (b)

the petition is thereafter, in a referendum conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission within ninety days of the date of receipt of the petition, approved by a simple majority of the votes of the persons registered to vote in that member’s constituency. 

(Secondly, once the Chairman of INEC has received the letter, he/she has 90 days to do a vote (poll) on whether the accused senator or member should be removed. The voting is won by simple majority of registered votes.

Upon the completion of the poll, if the majority vote to remove the senator/member, he/she is removed.)  


Section 70

A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall receive such salary and other allowances as Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission may determine 

(The salary and other allowances and benefits of senators are set by a Federal Executive Body known as the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission. See Sections 153(1), 154(1), and 156(3) of the constitution for more details.)

Section 63 and 64 of the 1999 Constitution: Sitting and Tenure of National Assembly

 

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