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Reps Adopt Consensus As Mode For Selection Of Candidates For Election

The House of Representatives has reconsidered and passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021 to accommodate Consensus as a mode of selecting a candidate for election.

This followed a decision by the House to rescind its previous adoption of
direct and Indirect mode of primaries.

The Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila made the announcement after the lawmakers reconvened from a 20 minute closed door session.

Speaking before the reconsideration, the Speaker said this was to avoid the need for concurrence with the Senate which could delay the bill

The House while reconsidering the Bill, amended clause eighty four sub section one to thirteen to accommodate consensus and mandate Political Parties to use the Nigerian Constitution not the party’s constitution in disqualifying an aspirant.

It also adopted a special convention or nomination congress by political parties to ratify the nomination of party candidates by consensus.

By Aisha Adesanya

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