The National Assembly has transmitted the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021 to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare, who made this known in a one-paragraph statement issued yesterday, stated that the Bill had been transmitted to President Buhari.
Recall that the National Assembly passed the Electoral Act Amendment bill on November 11. In the amendment, the lawmakers approved the electronic transmission of election results in Nigeria. They also adopted direct primaries for political parties in the country.
The statement reads: “Please be informed that in pursuance 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, the National Assembly has transmitted the Electoral Bill 2021 to Mr. President today, Friday November 19, 2021”.
The two chambers of the National Assembly had earlier this month passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, making provision for electronic transmission of election results by INEC and adoption of direct primaries by the parties for the election of their candidates in future polls.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya, had earlier hinted that the NASS will this week transmit the Bill to the President for his assent.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, had also on Thursday, during a visit to President Buhari at the State House in Abuja, hinted of the possibility of the President signing the Bill into law.
State governors of the Federation were said to be against the direct primaries provision in the new law made by the NASS members, as against the delegate system of producing party flag bearers.