Reps Reject Electronic Voting, Pass Electoral Act Amendment Bill

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The House of Representatives has prohibited the use of electronic for elections in the country.

The lawmakers took the decision during plenary on Thursday at the Lower House of the National Assembly in Abuja.

With nine months to the general elections, they passed the bill for an act to amend the provisions of the Electoral Act, No 6, 2010.

The bill, which is different from that which the President refused to assent to, contains the legalisation of the card reader voting system.

It also includes the safekeeping of the voters’ register and what happens in the event of a candidate’s death among others.

However, the lawmakers specifically excluded the clause to reorder the election sequence from the bill while some amendments were made to the bill before it was passed.

One of the alterations is the amendment to the clause which mandates the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to keep the register at specific locations across the country.

In the event of electoral violence, the House seeks the disqualification of a candidate alone without including the political party, and such a candidate will not be eligible to recontest the election.

The House proposes that if a card reader fails in a polling unit, the election will be suspended and reconducted within 24 hours and mandates INEC to monitor the primaries of various political parties.

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