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» » » » » ABUBAKAR AUDU'S CASE? Nigeria Senate Passes New Bill to Cater for Death of Electoral Candidate

The Nigerian senate on Thursday passed a bill which seeks to cater for the event of the death of a presidential or governorship aspirant during an election.

The bill when passed into law, will put to rest the controversy on who succeeds a deceased governorship or presidential candidate in the event of death, before announcement of the result of an election.

It stipulates that the party of the dead candidate conduct a fresh primary within 14 days, to choose a new candidate.

The bill, which will be the sixth amendment to the 2010 Electoral Act, when approved, also provides that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shall suspend the conduct of a new election for 21 days, and continue after a fresh candidate has been chose by the bereaved party.

The amendment is believed to have been spurred by the untimely death of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Abubakar Audu, in the November 21, 2015, governorship election in Kogi State, before announcement of the final election result.

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