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NASS To Pass Electoral Act Amendment Bill By Q1 2021

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said that the National Assembly will pass the Electoral Act Amendment Bill by the first quarter of 2021.

Lawan disclosed this on Wednesday at a public hearing on the repeal of the Electoral Act 2010 and enactment of the 2020 Electoral Act.

He said the National Assembly will work to make this possible so that the amended 2020 Electoral Act will be tested in early elections to gauge its effectiveness.

In his contribution at the hearing, former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu who has chaired previous amendments of the electoral act wants the amendment of electronic voting to be expanded to include electronic transmission of votes.

After a series of deliberations on the bill, the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, last month, scaled second reading in the House of Representatives.

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila however pointed out that electronic voting may fail in rural areas and the votes of the people there must be made to count.

There are three amendments to the 2010 Electoral Act,

The first amendment, the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2010, was aimed at providing for adequate time for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue notices, receive nomination of candidates from political parties and ensure the proper conduct of
political parties.

The second amendment, Electoral (Amendment) Act (No.2), 2011, contains only one amendment aimed at altering the time within which INEC shall stop the registration of voters before any general election under the Act from 60 days to 30 days to the election date.

The second amendment, Electoral (Amendment) Act (No.2), 2011, contains only one amendment aimed at altering the time within which INEC shall stop the registration of voters before any general election under the Act from 60 days to 30 days to the election date.

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