Reps To Pass Electoral Bill Today, Panel Pegs Presidential Poll Expenses At N5BN

The House of Representatives is billed to pass amendments to the Electoral Act, 2010 today barring any last-minute change in plan.

The Committee on Electoral Matters laid its report on the Electoral Act, 2010 Bill at the plenary on Yesterday.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; and Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, had separately stated that the bill would be passed before the National Assembly embarks on its two-month annual recess, which begins today.

 In the report, the committee recommended that electronic voting and transmission of results should be left at the discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Several members of the House, who were contacted after plenary, said they had yet to receive a copy of the bill to confirm the final recommendations.

Section 50(2) of a leaked version of the bill had generated wide criticisms

The section states that INEC could make use of electronic voting, but it should not transfer the results by electronic means.

Meanwhile, the House also on Thursday reconsidered two bills from the preceding 8th National Assembly. These are the Electoral Offences Commission Bill, 2020 and Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill, 2020.

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