National Assembly Transmits Amended Electoral Bill To Buhari For Assent

Electoral Bill
National Assembly Building, Abuja

The National Assembly, on Monday, transmitted the amended Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare via a statement he personally signed after the transmission.

The statement, titled ‘Transmission of the Electoral Bill 2022,’ read, “The Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr. Olatunde Amos Ojo, has transmitted the authenticated copies of the Electoral Bill 2022 to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on 31st January 2022.

“This was done in accordance with the provisions of Section 58 (3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and the Acts Authentication Act Cap. A2 LFN 2004.

“Mr. President had withheld assent to the Electoral Bill 2021 transmitted to him on 19th November 2021. The electoral bill was thereafter reworked by the National Assembly and both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed the same on 25th January 2022.”

The national assembly had since Tuesday last week amended the electoral bill for the second time by agreeing on consensus candidacy and setting fresh conditions for political parties in the nomination of candidates for elections.

You would recall that the president had last year vetoed the electoral bill and sent it back to the National Assembly over the restriction of political parties to direct primary, insisting on the direct or indirect.

The House had amended Clause Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010, which is Clause 84 of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, by inserting the indirect primary option.

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In addition to indirect primary, the Senate also added consensus adoption of candidates for elections by a political party.

With the passing of different amendments to the bill, the Senate and the House were expected to refer the versions to a conference committee to harmonise the differences and report back for final passage and transmission to the President for assent.

But both the Senate and the House of Representatives, last week, took a shorter route by rescinding their decisions on the amendments last week and re-amending the electoral bill.

The House, this time, concurred with the Senate on the consensus, while both chambers passed the same conditions set for the option.

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