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Nigerian senate amends Electoral Act to allow for electronic voting

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Senate on Thursday amended the Electoral Act 2010 to allow for the use of electronic voting and devices for conduct of elections in Nigeria.

The new election methods followed the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act which passed third reading at Thursday’s plenary.

Briefing journalists after the session, a former chairman of the Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission, Abubakar Kyari, who earlier originated the amendment says the new law when assented will modernise Nigeria’s electoral system.

Also amended is the transmission of election results which is now to be done electronically immediately after collation is done at ward, local government and state levels.

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Mr Kyari stood in for the chairman of the INEC committee, Ali Ndume, who was suspended by the Senate for six months on Wednesday.

The amendment is however subject to concurrence by the House of Representatives and assent by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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