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Senate Approves Conference Committee Report on Electoral Act

by Kunle Awosiyan

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed the conference committee report on the electoral act amendment bill.

The report was approved by the Upper chamber after debating on a motion moved by senate leader Yahaya Abdullahi.

It’s the first Plenary after four weeks set aside for budget defence, the Senate and House of representatives had sometimes passed different versions of the electoral act amendment bill which led to the setting up of a conference committee to harmonize both versions.

In the conference committee report, both chambers of the National Assembly empowered the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to determine the best way to transmit election results.

The lawmakers also ruled that political parties seeking to nominate candidates for elections shall hold direct primaries for aspirants to all elective positions which will be monitored by INEC.

The Senate then dissolved into the committee of a whole to consider the conference committee report and passed same through a voice vote.

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