Senate amends Electoral Act to allow statutory delegates vote in primaries

Senate amends Electoral Act to allow statutory delegates vote in primaries

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The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed an amendment to Section 84(4) in the Electoral Act 2022, allowing statutory delegates of political parties to participating in Congresses and Conventions.

Statutory delegates include Presidents, Vice presidents, members of National Assembly, Governors, members of State Houses of Assembly, Chairmen of Councils and National Working Committee members of all political parties.

The delegates were never allowed to participate in political parties primary elections, Congresses and Conventions before the Section was altered position of the Upper Chamber.

The current development elected and statutory delegates would be allowed to vote as delegates in the political parties primary election scheduled to begin on May 18.

The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central) sponsored the bill to amend the 2022 Electoral Act No. 13.

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

He said, 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.

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“This is an unintended error, and we can only correct it with this amendment now before us”, the Deputy Senate President said.

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