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Senate amends clause to curb election malpractices in Nigeria

The Senate on Tuesday frowned at the manner in which political parties sidestepped the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the conduct of their primary elections in a bid to manipulate the process.

Contributing to the bill to amend the INEC Electoral Act, Senator Barau Jibrin (APC, Kano) urged the senate not to allow a situation where primary election venues were moved from states in the guise of security in order to manipulate the outcomes.

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (LP, Delta State) cited the disrespect for INEC by parties – specifically mentioning the action showcased by the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the PDP during the Edo 2016 election, which organized their primaries without notifying INEC.

At the end of Tuesdays plenary, senate considered 18 clauses in the amendment and adjourned others to a further legislative date.

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