Electoral Bill: ‘Direct primaries not revolt against Govs but to protect federal lawmakers’ interference’ – Senate INEC C’tee Chair

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Kabir Gaya (APC-Kano), has said that the direct primaries clause adopted by the Senate in the proposed Electoral Amendment Bill is not a revolt against State governors but an opportunity to protect legislators from the governors. The senator, who appeared alongside the member of the House of Representatives representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency, Babajimi Benson (APC -Lagos), stated this when he appeared on a television a programme on Tuesday. Recall that the Senate on Tuesday revisited Section 87 (1) of the Electoral Bill…

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Electoral Bill: Senate moves to impose direct primaries on political parties

There are indications that the leadership of the Senate has commenced moves to force only the direct method of conducting primary elections on political parties. Part of the moves, according to sources, are plans by the All Progressives Congress, (APC), lawmakers to bring to the floor of the Senate direct primary as an Amendment Bill to be passed, using their numerical strength. The current system allows political parties to use either direct or indirect methods of conducting primary elections. Both chambers have already passed how parties will conduct their primaries, in the…

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The electronic transmission of election results; NASS coup against the people?

By: Abdull-Azeez Ahmed Kadir Nigeria’s electoral system reform is progressing. It has made some positive dramatic moves up the ladder of democratic tenets since 1999 when Nigeria returned to civil rule. But there are pundits who believe the progress should have been faster than what we have witnessed thus far. You may want to disagree with them. But the recent debate on the amendment of the electoral act, especially clause 52(2) of the bill that prescribes that the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC might adopt electronic voting and transmission of…

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