President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021 into law.
The signing ceremony took place inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja at about 12:30 pm on Friday.
Among those present, while the President was assenting to the bill includes the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Mahmood Yakubu; President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan among others.
The assent is coming a few days after a coalition of civil society organisations staged a protest to compel the president to assent to the amended document.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the national assembly to expunge section 84 (12) of the electoral act of 2022 because it disenfranchises serving political officers.
At the signing of the electoral bill into law in Abuja on Friday, Buhari said the provision is in conflict with the country’s constitution.
The president said the constitution already protects the right of serving political officers to vote in their party’s function as provided for in sections 40 and 42.