BREAKING: Senate Amends Electoral Act To Allow President, Lawmakers,Governors To…[Details]

Eagle’s Sight News reports that the Senate, on Tuesday, amended the Electoral Act, 2022, to allow ‘statutory delegates’ – all those elected – to participate and vote in the conventions, congresses or meetings of political parties. 

This is following the expeditious consideration of a bill during plenary, which scaled first, second and third readings, respectively, and was passed by the chamber after consideration by the Committee of the Whole.

Those identified as ‘statutory delegates’ include the President, Vice President, Members of the National Assembly, Governors and their deputies, Members of the State Houses of Assembly, Chairmen of Councils, Councillors, and National Working Committee of political parties, amongst others.

This bill’Amending the 2022 Electoral Act No. 13 was sponsored and moved by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central).

Omo-Agege, in his presentation, stated that the bill seeks to amend the provision of section 84(8) of the Electoral Act.

Omoge stressed that the provisions of the section “does not provide for the participation of what is generally known as ‘statutory delegates’ in the conventions, congresses or meetings of political parties.”

“The extant section only clearly provides for the participation of elected delegates in the conventions, congresses or meetings of political parties held to nominate candidates of political parties.

More to come.

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