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House Passes Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021

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 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 minutes closed door session.

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

The House while reconsidering the Bill, amended clause 84 sub section 1 – 13 to accommodate consensus as well as mandate Political Parties to use only the Nigerian Constitution while disqualifying aspirant not the party constitution.

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

Aisha Adesanya/Abuja

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