President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the long-awaited Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021 into law.
This was disclosed on Twitter by a presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad, on Friday, February 25.
He tweeted: “BREAKING: President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021 into law.”
The President signed the amendment bill into law at 12:25 pm at a brief ceremony held at the federal executive council (FEC) chamber in the presidential villa in Abuja on Friday.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, and Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) were present at the signing ceremony.
Buhari had initially rejected the bill after the national assembly made direct primary compulsory for political parties in the country.
The president said the provision “violates the spirit of democracy”.
The senate and house of representatives then reworked the bill to provide for indirect and direct primary, as well as consensus candidates.
The legislation was transmitted to the president on January 31 after both chambers of the national assembly had reworked it. Electronic transmission of election results is part of the new provisions in the bill.