Ahead of the Senate and the House of Representatives harmonising their different versions of the Electoral Bill, 2021, the differences have been identified by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC). These variations will be the subject of a harmonisation meeting between the two houses as they constitute their harmonisation teams this week. Two key differences relate to the clauses on the method of transmission of election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which is clause 51 in the Senate version of the Bill and clause 50 in the House of Representatives version. Another key difference is in the mode of conduct of primaries. Both houses stipulate direct and indirect primaries as methods of nomination of candidates by political parties. These are however drafted differently by both houses and will need to be harmonised. Other observations made, range from material differences in the contents of clauses, to numbering of clauses and other nominal inconsistencies.
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