Electoral Act Modification: INEC demands unrestrictive vitality for technological innovation


The Self reliant National Electoral Commission (INEC) has appealed to the National Assembly to grant it vitality to uncover the form of expertise to be deployed all over elections.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, made the allure at a retreat organised by National Assembly Convention Committee on the Electoral Act 2021, chaired by Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi.

“As you finalise on the Electoral Modification Invoice, I beg you to proceed to endow the commission with vitality to uncover what expertise to deploy in our elections on the noble time.

“One of many ways of doing so is to make tall provisions of the legislation that will empower INEC to proceed to innovate with out limiting us to a particular expertise corresponding to the Dapper Card Reader.

“The fair card reader would possibly perchance well additionally in due course, become mature, inapplicable or irrelevant as is already the case following the unusual introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation Machine (BVAS) by the commission.

“The commission looks forward to the conclusion of the job with out which we’re going to have the flexibility to no longer make the regulations and suggestions to present end to the provisions of the legislation,” he said.

Mr Yakubu added: “Without the regulations and suggestions, we’re going to have the flexibility to no longer finalise on the manuals for the practicing of officers that will habits elections.

“There are wide provisions within the present invoice that require determined guidance by the commission.

“With easiest 484 days to the 2023 traditional election, time is of the essence.”

The INEC boss additional said in addition to to the 6 November Anambra Governorship Poll, the commission had already scheduled three main elections for 2022.

“First is the FCT Feature Council Election on Feb. 12, 2022; followed by the Ekiti governorship election on June 18 and the Osun governorship election on July 16, 2022,” he said.

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Additionally talking, Mr Abdullahi said work on the invoice, which used to be about to be harmonised, used to be started by the seventh Assembly through to the 8th National Assembly.

“It’s animated for passage and presidential assent below the ninth National Assembly.

“I’m chuffed to pronounce that most of what we name ‘citizens high priorities’ on Electoral Act Modification were addressed by the Electoral Act 2021.

“These components consist of imposition of stiffer sanctions for electoral offences, provision of correct backing for electoral expertise and strengthening the financial independence of INEC.”

In a goodwill message, Head of European Union (EU) Cooperation, Cécile Tassin-Pelzer, counseled the Senate’s removal of the contentious clause on digital transmission of results.

She said the action used to be a particular model that would possibly perchance well guarantee transparency and credibility of the country’s election job.

The Senate had on September 22, location up a Convention Committee to harmonise its field with that of Home of Representatives on the Electoral Act Modification Invoice.

The committee used to be to work with that of the Home, also location up the next week, on the proposed digital transmission of results by INEC.


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