The Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the Amendment to the Electoral Act 2010, have agreed on the reshuffle of the order of polls during general elections in Nigeria. The implication is that the Senate has concurred with the House of Representatives on the proposal that the presidential poll be held last in the order of polls in 2019 and subsequent general elections.

The concurrence was reached at a meeting by the joint National Assembly committee in Abuja on Tuesday, where the amended clauses in the Electoral Act were put to voice vote and all the clauses were unanimously adopted as amended by the House. With the proposed amendment, the National Assembly election would now hold first, followed by the governorship and state House of Assembly polls, and later the presidential election.

The Senate had in 2017 passed an amended version of the 2010 Electoral Act, while the House of Representatives in January 2018 amended the Electoral Act to change the order of polls in the 2019 general elections’ timetable. The reshuffle of election dates came barely a month after the Independent National Electoral Commission released the timetable for the general elections.