2021 electoral bill amended was passed by the Senate on Tuesday afternoon, ENigeria Newspaper reports.
The 2021 electoral bill was passed by the Nigerian Senate at its plenary on Tuesday after amending clauses 43, 52, 63 and 87 ENigeria Newspaper learnt.
The bill was first enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives in July 2021.
The Senate’s modifications to the 2021 electoral Bill, on the other hand, are as follows:
Clause 43: Subsections (1) and (2) are amended to include “Electronic Voting Machine” (3).
Clause 52: Subsection (2) is replaced with a new subsection that says, “Subject to Section 63 of this Bill, voting at an election and transmitting results under this Bill shall be in line with the Commission’s process.”
Clause 52, subsection (3), is also deleted.
Clause 63: Subsection (5) is amended by substituting the word “transmit” with “transfer.”
Clause 87: Subsection (1) is repealed and replaced with a new subsection that states, “A political party intending to nominate candidates for elections under this Bill shall organize direct primaries “for aspirants to all elected seats, which shall be supervised by the Commission.”
“The procedure for nominating candidates by political parties for various elective positions by direct primaries shall ensure that all aspirants are given equal opportunities to be voted for by members of the party and “given opportunity to have agents for the purpose of monitoring the primaries,” as amended by subsection (3).
“The method established for direct primaries shall be spelled out in a guideline to be issued by the political party and filed with the Commission at least 14 days before the primary election,” adds a new subsection (4).
“A political party shall maintain a register of its members and state in the guideline for the conduct of the primaries that the register of its members shall be used for accreditation for the primaries,” adds a new subsection (5).
“The Commission shall deploy staff to supervise the primary in all the centers where the direct primaries are held,” says a new subsection (6).