The Nigerian Senate today in Abuja the nation’s capital has passed a bill allowing the electoral empire (INEC), Independent National Electoral Commission to transmits election results as it fits.
The Senate had in July, altered the clause 52(3) as recommended by the Electoral Act ( Amendment ) Bill 2021 submitted by its Committee on INEC.
“INEC can transmit election results electronically subject to confirmation of the NCC based on adequacy and security of National Network”, was Senate’s initial.
The controversial clause 52(3) is now amended to 52(2), which reads: “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 Commission (INEC), which may include electronic voting.”
On party nomination the new amendment read: “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 Commission”.
Reacting to this, Former Presidential Candidate, Mentoring Cmdt Alistair, congratulates the people of Nigeria, most especially the electorates for holding firmly to electoral reform and independency.
“This is the strength of the people speaking with one voice and the power of voting is down to individuals. We must continue to fight our cause and see to Nigeria’s greatness even through the ballot papers”.
The bill, as passed by the House of Representatives and Senate jointly now gives INEC the sole and independent powered authority to transmit results of elections by electronic means “where and when practicable”.
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