Breaking: Senate Amends Electoral Act To Allow Political Office-holders Vote At Congresses, Primaries

Breaking: Senate Amends Electoral Act To Allow Political Office-holders Vote At Congresses, Primaries

  • The Senate on Tuesday, May 10, made a major adjustment to the newly signed 2022 Electoral Act
  • The red chamber amended the new legislation to allow statutory delegates fully partake in political activities of the parties
  • The bill which has passed its first, second and third reading was sponsored by Senate Deputy President ovie Omo-Agege

Abuja - During its plenary on Tuesday, May 10, the Nigerian Senate further amended the Electoral Act, 2022, to allow statutory delegates to take part in political activities of their parties.

The bill that focuses on 2022 Electoral Act No. 13 had scaled, its first, second, and third readings and was then passed after consideration by the Committee of the Whole, Leadership reports.

Persons under the category of ‘statutory delegates’ are president, vice president, members of the National Assembly, governors and their deputies, members of the State Houses of Assembly, chairmen of councils, councillors, National Working Committee of political parties, amongst others, The Cable added.

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Senate President Lawan said it is expected that President Buhari will sign the bill (Photo: Tope Brown)
Source: UGC

The bill was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege who said it seeks to amend the provision of section 84(8) of the Electoral Act as it does not include statutory delegates taking part in voting exercises in their parties.

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His words:

“The extant section only clearly provides for the participation of elected delegates in the conventions, congresses or meetings of political parties held to nominate candidates of political parties.
“This is an unintended error, and we can only correct it with this amendment now before us.”

On his part, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, after the bill was passed, said it is hoped that President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the amendment bill into law.

According to him,

“The electoral act has a deficiency that was never intended and that deficiency will deny all statutory delegates in all political parties from participating in congresses and conventions,” Lawan said.

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“Our expectation is that the national assembly will finish the processing of this amendment between today and tomorrow and the executive will do the assent within the week.
“It is important to enable every statutory delegate to vote.”

2023: Amended section of the electoral law doesn’t exist, appointees won’t resign, Buhari's minister reveals

Meanwhile, the minister of Niger Delta Affairs and presidential aspirant, Godswill Akpabio, had declared that the section of the Electoral Act as amended, which asked aspirants to resign government positions 'does not exist'.

According to Section 84, sub-section 12 of the Electoral Act, “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.”


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