OrderPaperToday – The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, rejected the request by President Muhammadu Buhari seeking an amendment of the Electoral Act 2022.
The Bill entitled ‘A Bill for an Act to amend the Electoral Act 2022 and for related matters, 2022,’ was overwhelmingly rejected by Senators.
Several lawmakers who spoke against going ahead with an amendment with the Act, urged the Senate to abide by a court ruling, which stopped the National Assembly from tampering with the electoral law.
With the conduct of a voice vote on the bill thereafter, the nays had it in their favour.
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President Buhari’s request as contained in a letter to the National Assembly asked the federal lawmakers to amend the Act, by deleting Section 84 (12), which, according to him, constitutes a “defect” that is in conflict with extant constitutional provisions.
The Section required political appointees to resign their appointments before participating in the primary elections of political parties.
The Amendment Bill had earlier scaled first reading on Tuesday, despite a court order barring the Senate from acting on it.