Electoral Act: The Senate’s take one, buy one game


By Adekunle Adekoya

I WAS part of the multitude of Nigerians, at home and in the diaspora, who strongly registered their disapproval of amendments initially made by the Senate to the Electoral Act.

The week ending July 16 was actually a very active one for many of our politicians, elected, in office, or out of office. At plenary earlier on Tuesday 13 July, the Senate proposed amendment to Section 52(3) of the Electoral Act thus: “The commission may transmit results of elections by electronic means where and when practicable.”

The polity responded with an uproarious condemnation of this proposed amendment. By Thursday 15 July, another amendment surfaced, which subjected electronic transmission of results to confirmation by telecoms regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC. It was at this point that I also formally registered my disapproval in this column.

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