Saturday afternoon, President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the recently amended 2022 electoral act.
In a swift vote, the two chambers of the National Assembly amended Section 84(8) of the Electoral Act, which had previously permitted only elected delegates of a party to participate in conventions or other party meetings.
After considering a bill titled “A Bill for an Act to Amend the Electoral Act No. 13, 2022; and for Related Matters,” the National Assembly passed the amendment (HB. 1984).
In accordance with subsection 84(8) of the Electoral Act, statutory delegates cannot participate in the conventions, congresses, or meetings of political parties.
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According to Section 84 (8) of the Electoral Amendment Act, a political party that adopts indirect primaries for the selection of its candidates must outline the democratic election of delegates in its constitution and rules.
This is in addition to the statutory delegates already specified in the party’s constitution who are permitted to vote at the party’s convention, congress, or meeting.
According to reports, statutory delegates consist of councillors, local government chairmen and their vices, political party chairmen in each of the 774 LGAs, and state and federal legislators.
Governors and their deputies, the President and Vice President, members of the National Working Committees of political parties, state party chairs and secretaries are also included.
In addition to delegates elected by various political parties at congresses and conventions, the amendment permitted statutory delegates to elect candidates for various political offices.
With only a few days left until the primaries, politicians have increased pressure on the president to sign the Amended Act to avert a crisis.
The bill was ultimately signed into law on May 22, 2022.
This was confirmed by Emeka Chinedu, a member of the House of Representatives who represents the federal constituency of Ahiazu/ Ezinihittee Mbaise.
Chinedu told reporters, “I can confirm that Mr. President signed the bill into law this afternoon, and we are all thrilled because it gives us and other statutory delegates the ability to vote in the primaries.
“Members of the national assembly acted swiftly to amend the Act to legally permit statutory delegates of political parties to vote at their congresses and conventions.