Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, has finally on Friday, February 25, signed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law. ayokinews.com reports
The bill was officially signed by the President on Friday, during a signing ceremony held at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) chamber at the presidential villa in Abuja.
The event was attended by Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) Kayode Fayemi.
After being modified by both chambers of the National Assembly, the electoral bill was sent to the President on January 31.
President Buhari had initially opposed the bill following the inclusion of the direct primary clause for political parties by the National Assembly.
The clause, according to the president, “violates the spirit of democracy.”
The law was revised by the senate and house of representatives to include indirect and direct primaries, as well as consensus candidates.
Political parties can now elect their candidates for any election organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) using any of the three options outlined above.
The bill’s new features also include the electronic transmission of election results.