Senate rejects President Buhari’s bid to amend the Electoral Act 2022

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The Bill to further amend the newly signed Electoral Act has been rejected by the Senate.

The lawmakers, in a voice vote unanimously opposed a motion that the bill be read and considered for a second time.

President Muhammadu Buhari had asked the National Assembly to expunge Clause 84 (12) of the Act citing dis-enfranchisement of serving political office holders as the major concern.

He made the request shortly after signing the legislation into law.

The clause reads: “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the convention or congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election.”

Buhari said the clause constituted a disenfranchisement of serving political office holders from voting or being voted for at conventions or congresses of any political party, for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election in cases where it holds earlier than 30 days to the national election.

But the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sued the federal government, the Attorney-General of the Federation and the leadership of the National Assembly over fresh moves to tamper with the newly amended Electoral Act.

The party asked the court for an order of interim injunction restraining Mr Buhari and other defendants from refusing to implement the duly signed Electoral Act or in any manner withholding the Electoral Act from being put to use including the provisions of section 84 (12) of the said Act pending the resolution of the suit – a request which was granted by the court on Monday.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling, said the Electoral Act having become a valid law could not be altered without following the due process of law.

The court restrained President Buhari, the AGF and the National Assembly and other defendants in the suit from removing section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act or prevent it from being implemented for the purpose of the 2023 general elections.




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