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Buhari finally signs electoral act bill into law

Buhari finally signs electoral act bill into law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the long-awaited Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021 into law.

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This was disclosed on Twitter by presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad, on Friday February 25.

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He tweeted: “BREAKING: President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021 into law.”

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The President signed the amendment bill into law at 12:25pm at a brief ceremony held at the federal executive council (FEC) chamber in the presidential villa in Abuja on Friday.

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, and Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) were present at the signing ceremony.

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Buhari had initially rejected the bill after the national assembly made direct primary compulsory for political parties in the country.

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The president said the provision “violates the spirit of democracy”.

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The senate and house of representatives then reworked the bill to provide for indirect and direct primary, as well as consensus candidates.

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The legislation was transmitted to the president on January 31 after both chambers of the national assembly had reworked it.

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Electronic transmission of election results is part of the new provisions in the bill.

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