The House of Representatives has explained what it intends to do with the electoral act amendment bill that has been rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila told lawmakers at the resumption of plenary that the bill will be reintroduced on Wednesday, January 19.
He said the House has resolved to rework the bill and send same back to the president as quickly as possible for assent.
He said the direct primary option was introduced into the bill to pave the way for party members to fully participate in the nomination of candidates.
The Speaker also announced that the first set of amendments to the 1999 constitution being worked on by the House will be sent to State Houses of Assembly for concurrence before the end of February, 2022.
The Speaker further said that it is unfortunate that the failure of political parties to have a standard register of members was being used to deny Nigerians the opportunity to participate in the nomination of candidates for elections.
He also said the failure of the parties to maintain credible registers violates the 1999 constitution as it makes it difficult for the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to properly monitor activities of parties.
Gbajabiamila said adopting the direct primary option would have forced political parties to have credible registers of members, adding that with less than 13 months to the general elections, all Nigerians want is a credible electoral law.