Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Senate Approves Independent Candidacy For Elections In Nigeria + Changes Name Of The Nigeria Police Force

The Nigerian Senate has voted to alter the constitution to allow independent candidates contest elections in the country and to change the name of the Nigeria Police Force.

As an independent candidate, an individual will be able to contest in an election without belonging to any political party.
In supporting the bill on independent candidacy during plenary on Wednesday, July 26, 82 senators voted YES to support the bill while 14 senators voted NO and 5 abstained.

The Senate has also voted to support the bill to change the name of the Nigeria Police Force to become Nigerian Police.
In the vote on the name change, 87 senators voted for YES while 2 voted for NO with 1 abstaining.

The following amendments were made during the debate on report for constitution review which had been earlier adopted adopted by the joint session of the committees of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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