The Nigerian Senate has bowed to public pressure, adopting electronic transmission of election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The Red Chamber also approved the direct conduct of primaries by registered political parties in the country during the plenary.
The Senate amended Clause 52(2) of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, chaired by Dr. Ahmad Lawan, 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.”
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“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,” states Clause 87(1) of the Electoral Amendment Bill, which was also passed as recommended.
The Senate amended clause 52(3) as recommended in July, during consideration of the report on the 2010 Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021 submitted by its INEC Committee.
While the clause presented by the committee in the report states that INEC can transmit election results electronically where and when practicable, the Senate passed an amended version that states: “INEC can transmit election results electronically subject to confirmation of adequacy and security of the national network by Nigerian Communication Commission”