Senate passes bill allowing statutory delegates to vote at party conventions and conventions
The senate passed a bill to allow statutory delegates to vote at political party congresses or conventions.
The upper legislative chamber passed the bill in third reading after Ovie Omo AgegeVice-President of the Senate and his sponsor, led a debate on this subject.
The bill passed first, second and third readings in less than an hour.
While leading the debate on the matter on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Omo-Agege said the election bill sanctioned by the President Muhammadu Buhari in February only recognizes ad hoc delegates.
The vice-president of the Senate declared that the error of the National Assembly was not “voluntary”.
“The question here is narrow and very simple. Article 84 paragraph 8 of the electoral law does not provide for the participation of what are generally called statutory delegates in conventions, congresses or meetings of political parties,” he said.
“Article 84 (8) provides for the participation of elected delegates in conventions, congresses or meetings of political parties organized to nominate candidates.
“It was an unintentional mistake and it can only be corrected with this amendment.”
Speaking after the bill passed, Senate Speaker Ahmad Lawan said it was expected that the president would sign the amendment bill.
“The electoral law has a loophole that was never intended and this loophole will prevent all statutory delegates from all political parties from attending congresses and conventions,” Lawan said.
“Our expectation is that the National Assembly will complete the processing of this amendment between today and tomorrow and that the executive will give its assent within the week.
“It is important to allow every statutory delegate to vote.”
Read TheCable’s explanation of how delegates are chosen and the role they play here.