The National Assembly has rescinded its decision on a clause in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
The Senate amended Clause 87, which deals with the mode of primary election used by political parties to select candidates for elective offices.
In the bill earlier passed by the National Assembly, the lawmakers prescribed that political parties use only a direct mode of primary.
But President Muhammadu Buhari, in December, rejected the bill, making his reservations on Clause 87.
The president cited insecurity, the cost of conducting direct primaries and infringement on the rights of Nigerians to participate in governance as his reasons for declining assent.
He, however, said he would sign the bill if changes are made to the clause, to include the addition of consensus candidates and indirect primary options to the mode of selecting a candidate for an election.
Accordingly, the Senate has approved direct, indirect primaries or consensus as procedure for the nomination of candidates by political parties for the various elective positions.
Nigerians will now wait for President Muhammadu Buhari’s reaction to the new amendment.
The much-debated Clause 84(3) says that “a political party that adopts the direct primaries procedure shall ensure that all aspirants are given equal opportunity of being voted for by members of the party.”
Clause 84(4) further provides that “a political party that adopts the system of indirect primaries for the choice of its candidate shall adopt the procedure outlined below;
(a) In the case of nominations to the position of Presidential candidate, a political party shall (i) hold special conventions in each of the 36 states of the federation and FCT, where delegates shall vote for each of the aspirants at designated centres in each State Capital on specified dates.”
The clause provides that a National Convention shall be held to ratify the candidate with the highest number of votes.
The amendment followed a motion for its re-commital to the Committee of the Whole.