NASS Passes Electoral Act Amendment Bill, Okays Electronic Transmission Of Results

Electoral Bill
National Assembly Building, Abuja

The Senate and the House of Representatives have passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, approving the electronic transmission of results.

The lawmakers made the approval on Tuesday when then they resumed plenary after a three-week recess.

The Senate had constituted a seven-man conference committee to meet with members of the House of Representatives Conference Committee and harmonise the differences in the Senate and House versions of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

The Upper chamber had October 12, bowed to pressure and giving the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the sole power to determine the mode of transmission of results.

This came after the reversal of its earlier decision that INEC may consider the electronic transmission of results “provided national [network] coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure” by the Nigerian Communications Commission and approved by the National Assembly.

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The Senate, under a new amendment of Clause 52 (2) of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, resolved that “voting at an election and transmission of results under this Bill shall be in accordance with the procedure determined by the Commission, which may include electronic voting”.

The House Of Representatives also passed the bill shortly after the Senate did, completing the process of amending the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

The bill will now be transferred to the office of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to.


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