By Salim Yunusa

The Senate has passed a bill to reconsidered its stance on the electoral act amendment bill and has empowered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to determine the best mode to transmit election results.


According to the passed bill, INEC will now have to decide how to transmit election results — either electronically or manually.


The senate approved four clauses in the electoral act amendment bill.


The Senate, at the Committee of the Whole chaired by Dr Ahmad Lawan, amended Clause 52(2) of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill to read: “Subject to section 63 of this Bill, voting at an election and transmission of results under this Bill shall be in accordance with the procedure determined by the Independent National Electoral Commission, which may include electronic voting.”


Clause 87(1) of the Electoral Amendment Bill, which was also passed as recommended states: “A political party seeking to nominate candidates for elections under this Bill shall hold direct primaries for aspirants to all elective positions, which shall be monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission.




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