President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the reworked Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021.
The President signed the document at a ceremony held at the State House Abuja on Friday.
The National Assembly transmitted the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021 to the President on January 31, a second time.
This was after the Bill was revised.
The President had withheld his assent to the Bill in December 2021, citing the cost of conducting direct primary elections and security challenges as part of the reasons for his decision.
With President Muhammadu Buhari signing the new Electoral Act amendment bill into law, all political appointees in his government would no longer be eligible, either as voting delegates or aspirants during the conventions or congresses of their political parties.
The implication is that some key ministers in Buhari’s cabinet, said to be nursing presidential ambitions, would be barred from seeking their parties’ nominations.
This, therefore, means that ministers, commissioners, and other political appointees are expected to resign ahead of their parties’ primaries to be eligible to contest in the primaries.