The National Assembly, on Monday, transmitted the re-amended Electoral Act Amendment Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.
This was contained in a statement titled ‘Transmission of the Electoral Bill 2022,’ signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare after the transmission.
The statement, 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.”
Last week Tuesday, the House 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, consensus adoption of candidates for elections by a political party.
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.