Reason for adopting direct primaries for political parties — Reps

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The passage of the Electoral Act amendment bill by both chambers of the National Assembly recently continues to generate commentaries amongst Nigerians of all walks of life.

This is so particularly so as federal lawmakers heeded public demand for the electronic transmission of electoral results in the new act.

Perhaps, the most controversial aspect is that of the direct primaries which the lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in favour of.

With this development, every registered member of any political party now has a say in who becomes the candidate of his party across all layers of government, provided President Muhammadu Buhari signed the bill into law.

Although a good number of Nigerians are quite impressed with this piece of legislation, the governors are not happy given that their grip on party structures may eventually be of no significance in future elections.

ut for Hon. Nkem Abonta, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party and former chairman, House Committee on Public petitions, the new bill if signed into law would help restore the integrity of elections in the future.

Speaking as a guest on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television breakfast show, earlier in the week, Abonta described the bill as very good, adding that “no law is perfect. We now have something that if practised, will be better than where we are coming from.”

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