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The Senate has proffered a solution to the controversy over who succeeds a governorship or presidential candidate who dies after election had begun and before the announcement of the results.

While passing the clauses of a bill seeking to amend the Electoral Act 2010 for the sixth time, the lawmakers, during the plenary on Thursday, recommended the conduct of a fresh primary within 14 days to choose the new candidate.

The bill also recommended the suspension of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission for 21 days.

The amendment, which was inspired by the development during the last governorship election in Kogi State, had suffered a setback at the Senate on November 2, when lawmakers failed to reach a decision on what happens to the mandate when a candidate of a political party dies midway into the poll

The development had forced the suspension of the consideration of the report by the Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission on a bill titled, ‘A Bill for an Act to Amend the Electoral Act 2010.’

The report proposed the amendment of Section 36 of the Electoral Act by inserting a new ‘Subsection 3’ to address the legal logjam that greeted the last governorship election in Kogi State, after the death of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu,
during the collation of results.

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