Reps pass electoral bill, backtracks direct primary clause


The House of Representatives has passed the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill after the compulsory direct primary clause was revised during a plenary session on Thursday.

The Electoral Bill was passed after the house removed clause (84) requiring political parties to only select candidates through direct primaries.

The amended clause read: “The procedure for nomination of candidates by political parties for various elective positions shall be by direct and indirect primaries.”

It was earlier reported that the Senate on Wednesday included the consensus mode of primary in the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill as suggested by the President Muhammadu Buhari.

While the House gave options of parties adopting direct or indirect primaries, the Senate included direct and indirect primaries as well as the consensus model as suggested by President Buhari during an interview a few weeks ago.

President Buhari had last year declined assent to the bill, citing his reservations with the direct primary clause.

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