By Abiemwense Moru
The House of Representatives on Tuesday amended the Electoral Act to alter the order of 2019 basic elections’ agenda.
This got here barely a month after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) launched the time-table for the overall elections.
With the modification, the National Assembly election is to carry first, adopted by gubernatorial and state meeting polls and presidential election to be carried out final.
The modification was made on the Committee of the entire House, presided by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Yussuff Lasun.
The lawmakers amended the Act whereas contemplating the report of the House Committee on Electoral Matters which proposed modification of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
In the time-table launched by INEC, Presidential and National Assembly elections had been to carry first, whereas governorship and state meeting would comply with.
The House amended part 25 of the Principal Act and substituted it with a brand new part 25 (1).
According to the part, the elections shall be held within the following order: (a) National Assembly election (b) State Houses of Assembly and Governorship elections (c) Presidential election.
Similarly, part 87 was amended by including a brand new part 87 (11) with a marginal notice “time for primaries of political parties”.
“The primaries of political events shall comply with the next sequence (i) State House of Assembly (ii) National Assembly (iii) Governorship, and (iv), President.
“The dates for the above stated primaries shall not be held earlier than 120 days and not later than 90 days before the date of elections to the offices.”
The House additionally amended part 36 to permit operating mate of candidate that dies earlier than the conclusion of elections inherit his votes and proceed with the method.
Section 35 which states that if earlier than an election a candidate dies, he might be changed by the subsequent contestant with the best vote was additionally amended.
The modification indicated that if a nominated candidate died within the election course of, the subsequent individual from the identical political occasion with the second highest votes within the major election ought to change the deceased.
It said that the title of the brand new individual ought to be submitted to INEC, which ought to settle for such alternative as if the deceased was alive.
The House additionally made an increment within the limitation of election bills to be incurred by candidates for presidential candidates from N1 billion to N5 billion.
It raised the governorship invoice from N200 million to N1 billion, whereas Senatorial and Representatives candidates’ bills are to not exceed N100 million and N70 million, respectively.
For State Assembly and native authorities chairmanship elections, candidates’ bills had been raised from N10 million to N30 million whereas councillorship candidates ceiling was raised from N1 million to N5 million.
Similarly, particular person contribution had been jacked up from N1 million to N10 million. (NAN)