Senate Makes Fresh Amendment To Electoral Bill

Senate Makes Fresh Amendment To Electoral Bill

The Nigerian Senate made yet another revision to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill during a brief session on Tuesday.

The bill’s contentious Clause 84 was changed by lawmakers.

The clause addresses how political parties would choose candidates for elective seats through primary elections.

The lawmakers mandated that political parties use only a direct primary mode of election in a bill passed by the National Assembly in 2021.

President Muhammadu Buhari, on the other hand, vetoed the bill, citing insecurity, the cost of holding direct primaries, and an infringement on Nigerians’ freedom to participate in governance as reasons for his decision.

He had said he would sign the law if the section was changed to include consensus candidates and indirect primary possibilities in the process of choosing a candidate for an election.

The law was changed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives last week.

The House, on the other hand, adopted just direct and indirect primaries as procedures for selecting candidates for elective posts, whereas the Senate allowed for both.

However, in the Senate’s harmonised version of the bill, all three kinds of primaries were adopted, along with a clear explanation of “how parties can employ consensus to elect candidates.”

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