Senate bows to pressure, passes electoral act without the controversial “automatic NEC” membership clause!

The Senate has passed the second alteration to the electoral act but dropped the controversial clause which would have made them members of NEC of their parties.

The lawmakers in the upper house withdrew Section 87, Subsection 12 which contains the clause.

The amendment process lasted for just fifteen minutes.� The decision of the senate runs contrary to that of the House of Representatives which had last week passed the same amendment with the controversial clause.

Deputy senate president who presided over the sitting says he hopes the passage of the amendment without the controversial clause will lay to rest all the controversy which has trailed the amendment process so far.

The proposed amendment to the�Electoral Act (2010) in Section 87 aims to make all Committee Chairmen and their deputies in the National Assembly members of the National Executive Committees, NECs of their political parties.

The proposed amendment also seeks to provide adequate timeline for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to issue notices, receive nominations of candidates from political parties and prescribe�the code of conduct for political�parties.

The bill also seeks to bar political parties from substituting names of candidates who have already been submitted to INEC excepting the case of death or voluntary withdrawal.

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