SENATE yesterday moved to amend the Electoral Act 2010 to provide for the substitution of a dead governorship or presidential candidate before the announcement of result with the first runner-up in the party primary. The amendment was meant to
circumvent the repeat of the crisis which accompanied the death of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Abubakar Audu, at the November 2015 gubernatorial election in Kogi State. The amendment which was among several amendments being carried out on the Electoral Act 2010, was meant to amend
Section 36 of the Electoral Act “by inserting a new sub-section ‘3’ which provides for the substitution of a candidate of a political party who dies before the declaration of the result of an election with the first runner up in the party’s primaries (which was won by the deceased candidate.” However, the parliament was
forced to suspend the amendment because it was not satisfied with the committee’s recommendation on the mode of substituting dead candidates as debate on the matter was contentious. Therefore, the senators resolved to send the bill back to the committee for further legislation and consultation that will lead to a more acceptable recommendation.

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