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Electoral Act: Senate passes conference report, retains direct primaries for parties

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Electoral Act: Senate passes conference report, retains direct primaries for parties

Senate has passed the harmonized version of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 wherein it retains direct primaries for aspirants to all elective positions in all political parties in the country.

for direct primaries for aspirants to all elective positions.

The passage followed the consideration of the report of the Conference Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives on the bill.

 

The Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, on October 13, 2021, constituted a seven-man conference committee to meet with their counterparts in the House to harmonize the differences in the Senate and House versions of the bill.

Presenting the report on the harmonized version of the bill, the Senate Leader, Dr. Yahaya Abdullahi said the piece of legislation, when passed by the National Assembly, and subsequently assented into law by the President, would regulate the conduct of Federal, State and Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory Elections.

 

Abdullahi, who chaired the Conference Committee in the Senate, disclosed that the committee at its retreat, considered and adopted 21 clauses in the bill.


Electoral Act: Senate passes conference report, retains direct primaries for parties

 

“It is imperative to point out that with the successful harmonization of this bill, a process that started from the 7th Assembly through to the 8th National Assembly has now been completed by the 9th National Assembly.

 

“The bill is now ready for passage and Presidential assent.

 

“I am happy to state that most of what we call “citizens top priorities” on the Electoral Act Amendment, including the use of technology have been addressed by the Electoral Bill, 2021”, the Senate Leader said.

 

The upper legislative chamber on October 13, 2021, re-amended certain aspects of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill contained in Clauses 43, 52, 63 and 87, respectively.

 

The re-amendment to the clauses was duly carried out amid a motion for re-committal sponsored by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi.

 

Accordingly, while adopting the conference committee report on Tuesday, the Senate approved the re-amended clauses to provide for direct primaries for aspirants to all elective positions.

 

It also empowered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under Clause 63 to determine the procedure for voting and transmission of results during an election.

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