Senate Bows to Pressure, Empowers INEC to Transmit Election Result Electronically

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The Senate has empowered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to determine the procedure for the transmission of results during the general elections.

The Upper Chamber also approved that political parties seeking to nominate candidates for elections shall hold direct primaries for aspirants to all elective positions which will be monitored by INEC.

The amendments were made on Tuesday by the Senate to some clauses of the Electoral Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) bill 2021, passed on July 15, 2021.

The chamber explained that the decision to subject the amended clauses of the bill to re-committal was reached after critical examination by the Senate Committee on INEC.

The chamber added that some fundamental issues which required fresh legislative action were observed by the Senator Kabiru Gaya-led Committee in the bill.

Accordingly, the chamber in a motion for re-committal,  re-amended certain aspects of the bill contained in Clauses 43, 52, 63 and 87, respectively.

Recall that lawmakers  had earlier rejected electronic transmission of  results but INEC faulted  the resolution stating that it has the capacity for an electronic transmission of results.

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