Senate Pass Harmonized Electoral Act As House Agree on Direct, Indirect Consensus Primaries
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Senate Pass Harmonized Electoral Act As House Agree on Direct, Indirect Consensus Primaries

By Babajide Okeowo

The Senate on Tuesday passed the harmonized version of Clause 84 of the 2010 Electoral Act (amendments) Bill 2022 which gave room for political parties to adopt three modes of conducting their primaries.

Recall that the Bill was not assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari late last year because of the provision in Clause 84 which made direct primary compulsory for all political parties to elect their candidates for elections.

The two chambers of the National Assembly then recommitted the bill for fresh legislation and added other options as advised by the president.

The harmonized version now accommodated the direct, indirect and the consensus modes of primaries.

The Senate had earlier passed the three modes of primaries but the House of Representatives’ version did not include the consensus arrangement.

The red chamber considered the harmonized version of the bill at plenary and passed the proposed legislation.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said the bill had given sufficient and clear definition to the mode

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