Reps to change mode of primaries in election bill on Wednesday – Gbajabiamila – Channels Television


A file photo of the House of Representatives complex in Abuja.

The House of Representatives is set to amend the direct primaries provision in the Elections Amendment Bill.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, revealed this on Tuesday in his welcoming address to members of the House.

The speaker said that the version of the bill in circulation is not the same as the version sent to President Muhammadu Buhari. However, he appointed a committee to investigate the matter.

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According to him, the argument that political parties do not have a proper register of all their members is an indictment of the parties themselves.

He wondered how they are able to conduct elections by direct or indirect methods without a complete register.

The speaker also ruled out any hope of overriding President Buhari on the issue.

Lawmakers resumed plenary on Tuesday after their Christmas and New Year recess after taking a vacation in December.

Prior to the recess, they had deliberated and passed important bills, including the controversial Electoral Law Amendment Bill.

Gbajabiamila, in a speech to lawmakers in December to mark the adjournment of the House for the Christmas and New Year holidays, said the House would address the issue in January 2022.

Gbajabiamila explained that time was running out to tackle the sensitive issue in a hurry because members were about to go into recess, and they have to pass other important bills such as the Appropriation Bill 2022. and the finance bill before doing so.

President Buhari had previously withheld his assent to the bill citing the cost of holding direct primaries, security concerns and possible manipulation of electoral processes by political actors as reasons.

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