The Senate has passed the harmonized version of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
The passage followed the consideration of the report of the Conference Committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives on the bill.
The harmonised bill provides for direct primaries for aspirants to all elective positions.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on October 13, 2021, constituted a seven-man conference committee to meet with their counterparts in the House to harmonize the differences in the Senate and House versions of the bill.
The Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, who chaired the Conference Committee in the Senate, presented the report on the harmonized version of the Electoral Act.
In his presentation, he said the bill when passed by the National Assembly, and subsequently assented into law by the President, would regulate the conduct of federal, state and Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory elections.