According to a legislator, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the recently modified 2022 electoral act into law on Saturday afternoon.
The electoral act has been a source of debate for some time, as the 2022 electoral legislation barred members of the House of Representatives, Senate, and other officials from participating in their party’ primary.
Following the omission, the Senate and House of Representatives held extraordinary sessions last week and changed the statute to allow statutory delegates to vote and be voted for in upcoming political party primaries and conventions.
However, with only a few days until the primaries, legislators have been putting pressure on the president to sign it in order to avoid a catastrophe.
Emeka Chinedu, a member of the House of Representatives for the Ahiazu/Ezinihittee Mbaise federal district, stated the law was ultimately signed today, May 21.
“I can affirm that Mr. President signed the measure into law this afternoon, and we are all quite delighted about it since it will allow us and other statutory delegates the ability to vote in primaries,” Chinedu stated.
“The national assembly members acted quickly to legally create a place in the Act for statutory delegates of political parties to vote during their congresses and conventions.”
“It will undoubtedly benefit the future party primary.”
The signature has still to be confirmed by the presidency.