Bill for an Act to amend Electoral Act 2010 passes second reading at House of representatives

House of Representatives has passed for second reading a bill for an Act to amend the Electoral Act, 2010, to make the electoral process full proof by making the Card Reader the credible means of voter’s accreditation and voting.

The bill further seeks to amend Sections 33 and 36 of the Electoral Act, 2010 to provide for death of a presidential or gubernatorial candidate during an ongoing election.

According to its sponsors Ahmed Kaita, Karimi Sunday, Eucharia Azodo and Aishatu Dukku, the bill is further seeking to amend the Electoral Act Cap. E6, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 to incorporate Diaspora voting in the presidential election in the Nigerian Electoral Act, 2010.

The proposed legislation also intends to amend the provisions of the Electoral Act, No. 6 of 2010 to provide a time line for the submission of lists of candidates, criteria for substitution of candidates, disclosure of sources of funds contributed for political parties and to empower the Independent National Electoral Commission-INEC to uphold party primaries where there is a change in the results and for other related matters.

If passed, the new Electoral Act will further provide for strict compliance with election guidelines and manual so as to enhance transparency and efficiency in the conduct of free, fair and credible election.

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