The Presidency has said President Muhammadu Buhari will soon make his decision on the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill known to the National Assembly.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said this in an interview on Saturday.
The National Assembly had passed the bill on 9 November and transmitted it to the executive arm of government on 19 November.
The bill, amongst other things, provides for the electronic transmission of election results and compels political parties to adopt the direct mode for their primaries.
While electronic transmission has been accepted by all parties and stakeholders, there is, however, a divergent opinion on the issue of direct primaries.
Members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the National Assembly favour the direct primaries, while governors elected under the platform of the APC and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have expressed their opposition to it.
A report also stated that Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, has told President Buhari that direct primaries will disfavour existing political parties from a legal standpoint and cause confusion.
But with the deadline for the president to sign the bill into law or veto it and communicate his reasons to the National Assembly ending on 19 December (today), Shehu said his principal would make his decision known soon.
“Mr President is fully briefed on the bill, especially on the contentious issues therein and would shortly make his decision known to the National Assembly as to whether to sign the bill or withhold his assent,” Shehu told the Punch.