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Senate embraces electronic voting

05 March 2014, 16:04

Abuja  -  The senate has agreed to amend the electoral act to include electronic voting raising hopes Nigeria may soon join a league of counties to adopt that method of electing leaders.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said that lawmakers have agreed in principle to delete Section 52, which bars the Independent National Electoral Commission from using electronic voting.

Ekweremadu noted that the amendment would allow the Commission to use its discretion to apply electronic voting at any time it deemed it appropriate.

Ekweremadu said the Electoral Act Amendment Bill had already passed the first reading in the Senate and would be one of the major focuses of legislative attention once the 2014 National Budget was passed.

He expressed willingness of lawmakers to support the election management body to deliver credible and transparent elections in 2015.

“The National Assembly is committed to matching this desire for increased ICT role in our election management and electoral process with the requisite appropriation and law reforms. ICT has positively impacted all areas of electoral process such as voter registration, education, electioneering campaign, data acquisition, transmission, voting, vote counting, election monitoring and election security the world over. Nigeria cannot be an exception,” he said.

The Deputy Senate leader added that despite mutual suspicion among the political elite and various technical challenges, Nigeria was positively disposed to ensuring that ICT played a greater role in every aspect of its electoral process.

Previously, INEC said it was unlikely electronic voting would be used in the next general election.

– CAJ News

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