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(BREAKING): Again, Senate Amends Electoral Act

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Nigeria Senate has again effected changes in the Electoral Act.

The latest amendment now allows for statutory delegates to include councillors, local government chairmen and their vice, political party chairmen in all the 774 local government areas, state and federal lawmakers, governors and their deputies, president and vice president, political parties’ National Working Committee members, state party chairmen and secretaries.

The Red Chamber amended the clause after considering a bill sponsored by Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, during plenary on Tuesday.

The amendment will allow statutory delegates, in addition to the delegates elected by various political parties, to vote during congresses and conventions to elect candidates for various political offices.

Speaking after the bill was passed, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the “unintended clause” has to be amended before the commencement of party primaries. He said the House of Representatives would also pass the same amendment on Wednesday before transmitting it to the President for assent next week.

He said the amendment had become imperative to ensure that no one is denied his rights during political parties’ activities.

The Red Chamber amended the clause after considering a bill sponsored by Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege, during plenary on Tuesday.

The amendment will allow statutory delegates, in addition to the delegates elected by various political parties, to vote during congresses and conventions to elect candidates for various political offices.

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