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Electoral Act: Senate rejects Buhari’s new amendment bill

THE Senate Oga’s rejected a request from President Muhammadu Buhari to amend Section 84 of the Electoral Act, which makes it mandatory for political appointees interested in contesting elections to resign their appointments ahead of their party primaries.

Section 84 (12) prevents political office holders from contesting for election from the party primary level without resigning.

The bill had scaled the first reading yesterday, despite a court order barring the Senate from acting on it.

The request was, however, rejected today after Senator Yahaya Abdullahi made the lead debate for the second reading of the bill on Wednesday.

The Senators kicked against it and voted no when put to voice votes by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.

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