There has been an amendment to Section 84 (8) of the Electoral Act 2022. It will enable statutory delegates to participate in political parties’ congresses and conventions. The Senate made this amendment to the clause after considering a bill sponsored by Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege during plenary on Tuesday.
The current version prevents statutory delegates from taking part in party primaries.
Statutory delegates include:
- Local Government Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen
- Political party chairmen in all the 774 Local Government Areas
- State and Federal lawmakers
- Governors and their Deputies
- President and Vice President
- Political parties’ National Working Committee members
- State party chairmen and Secretaries.
The amendment will allow statutory delegates to vote during congresses and conventions to elect candidates for various political offices. The delegates elected by various political parties will also be allowed.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, spoke after passing the bill. He said the “unintended clause” had to be amended before the commencement of party primaries.
The House of Representatives would also pass the same amendment on Wednesday. They will pass it to the president for assent next week.