The House of Representatives has said that the Electoral (Amendment) Bill would be re‐introduced to the house for it to be reworked and passed on Wednesday.
He reiterated the benefits of restricting political parties to direct primaries while criticising the parties for lacking comprehensive membership registers. He said a strict direct primaries option would force the parties into having documented registers.
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He harped on the need for lawmakers to fast track work on the electoral reforms because of the 2023 elections which are fast approaching.
He opined that the options before the house on the issue were either to override the veto of Mr President and pass the bill to law or go-ahead to amend it based on the President’s observations. He lamented Mr President’s refusal to grant assent to the bill while urging the house to choose between sticking to their guns regarding the provision to mandate direct primaries for political parties or rework the provision to save the rest of the bill.
While he thought that direct primaries would be valuable in building accountability to the political system, he however said that they must not allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good.
He, therefore, promised that the bill would be reintroduced to the House for any possible amendment to address the mitigating concerns of Nigerians.