INEC, Civil Society ask Buhari to sign Electoral Amendment Act Bill.
Written by News Room on November 23, 2021
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and civil society organisations have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
The National Assembly has passed the bill and transmitted the document to President Buhari on November 19 for assent.
While the Executive Director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, Clement Nwankwo, asked Buhari to use the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting to sign the bill, INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye said assent will help improve its preparations for future polls.
On his part, Nwankwo said it is expedient for the electoral act amendment bill to be signed for the overall benefit of Nigerians.
The bill, which had generated controversies during its consideration, is aimed at resolving issues concerning INEC’s introduction of modern technologies into the electoral process, particularly accreditation of voters, electronic voting and electronic transmission of results from polling units.
The bill empowered the electoral umpire to determine the use of electronic voting as well as the transmission of results in an election and also prescribes the use of direct primaries for political parties in choosing candidates for elective offices.
CVR: INEC says registration hit 4 million.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that fresh registration in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) has hit Four Million, Two Hundreds Ninety-Seven Thousand and Four Hundreds Ninety-Four.
The commission disclosed this in the second quarter, week seven, weekly update released by the commission on Monday in Abuja.
The commission said that as at Monday, Nov. 22, some one million eight hundred fifty-six thousand seven hundred seventy-one persons have completed their online and physical registration.
According to statistics provided by the commission, one million eight hundred fifty-six thousand seven hundred seventy-one persons who completed their registration, include nine hundred forty-one thousand ninety-eight males, nine hundred fifteen thousand six hundred seventy-three females.
It also added that seven hundred forty-one thousand one hundred eighty-three persons completed their registration online, while one million one hundred fifteen thousand five hundred eighty-eight completed it through physical registration.