Nigerian Bar Association President calls for passage of Electoral Bill.
Written by News Room on January 18, 2022
President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Olumide Akpata, has called for the passage of the Electoral Bill, saying there is so much in the document for it to be thrown away.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in December 2021 withheld assent to the bill, saying that the clause recommending direct primary for political parties violates the spirit of democracy.
Buhari said he was willing to sign the bill into law only if the National Assembly includes the option of consensus candidates and indirect primaries to the mode of selecting a candidate for an election, as against the initial direct mode as the only option to conduct primaries by political parties.
Electronic transmission of election results and compulsory direct primaries for political parties are among the amendments proposed by the National Assembly.
Speaking during a Townhall on the Electoral bill Akpata said the provisions contained in the bill are pro-people and will serve as incremental steps toward a better and democratic Nigeria.