Electoral Act: Senate eliminates Direct Primaries clause

Electoral Act: NASS dumps Direct Primaries clause

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The controversial direct primaries clause has been eliminated from the Electoral Act Amendment Bill by the Senate.Electoral Act: Senate eliminates Direct Primaries clause

Recall that the clause prevented President Muhammadu Buhari from signing the law in 2021 because of it.

Buhari previously suggested that he would sign the bill provided lawmakers made adjustments to it, which should include the adding of consensus candidates and indirect primary possibilities to the system of political party candidate selection.

He also expressed concern that the direct primaries would be too costly to implement, putting a financial strain on Nigeria’s limited resources.

The Senate’s resolution to require political parties to hold direct primaries was overturned on Wednesday, January 19, 2021.

Senate Leader Yahaya Abdullahi had proposed re-committal of the bill to the Committee of the Whole, which was approved.

Speaking about the motion, Abdullahi noted that it was necessary to re-commit the measure to the Committee on the Whole because of President Buhari’s views.

This is to make necessary amendment in accordance with Order 87(c) of the Senate Standing Orders, 2022 (as amended); and relying on order 1(b) and 52(6) of the Senate Standing Orders, 2022 ( as amended),” he said.


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