The Senate caved to outcry and outright rejection of the 2021 Amended Electoral Act by Nigerians earlier last month, when they reversed their opposition to electronic transmission of election results.
They have now handed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) all powers, including voting, under the bill, which must now be done according to INEC’s procedures.
The Senate had previously denied the Commission the right to electronically transmit election results, instead empowering the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Assembly to decide on the use of electronic transmission for elections.
“ON the nomination of candidates by political parties, the Senate also adopted the resolution of the lower chamber, which recommended direct primary.
The Senate, when it passed the Electoral Act amendment on clause 87, had left it open for political parties to determine whether to use direct, consensus or indirect primary. However, while considering the report of the conference committee yesterday, they also adopted the position of the House.”
“In all, the Senate passed a new bill, which amended some clauses in the Electoral Bill, including sections 52 and 87 on electronic transmission of results and nomination of candidates by political parties.”