Joint Technical Committee on Electoral Act submits report to NASS

Electoral commission officers count votes at Shagari Health Unit polling station in Yola, Adamawa State on February 23, 2019 after the polls were closed during the day of the General elections. - Nigeria began counting votes in presidential elections, even as many people had yet to even cast their ballot because of delays in the opening of polling units and problems with staffing and technology. Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last week announced a one-week delay to the election, just hours before it was due to get under way. The presidential contest will see incumbent Muhammadu Buhari (APC) seek to win a second four-year term against former vice president Atiku Abubakar (PDP). (Photo by CRISTINA ALDEHUELA / AFP) (Photo credit should read CRISTINA ALDEHUELA/AFP/Getty Images)

By Naomi Sharang
Abuja, Jan. 26, 2021 The Joint Technical Committee on repeal of Electoral Act 2010, on Tuesday, submitted its report to the National Assembly Joint Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Electoral Matters.

Chairman of the joint technical committee, Mr Festus Okoye made the presentation to the committee at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.

Okoye is also INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee.

Presenting the report, Okoye said that
the report was a product of some level of consensus.

“We are not perfect; but we believe with the third reading of the bill, some of the imperfections will be corrected.

“It is still a work in progress and we believe it will guarantee credibility to our electoral process,” he said.

Chairman Senate Committee on INEC, Sen. Kabiru Gaya said that the ongoing amendment bill would not become just another addition to the myriad of reports that had been shelved over the years in the area of electoral reform.

“We are committed to put in place the requisite legislative framework that will enhance the rebirth of a vibrant electoral system for our growing but delicate democracy.

“We believe this electoral bill when passed into law will be a stepping stone to climbing the steps of improving our democratic processes.”

In his remarks, Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege said that the moment the electoral system was sanitised, every other thing would fall in place.

“The entire country will be grateful for what you have done,” he said.

In his remark, Chairman INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu commended members of the committee for their commitment at ensuring that Nigeria has a brand new electoral act by the end of the first quarter.

“As the National Assembly resumes on Feb. 9, there will be a clean copy of the bill tabled before the Senate and the House of Representatives by the technical committee.

“With this, passing of the bill within the first quarter is more or less assured.”

Naija247news reports that the joint committee comprised of membes from INEC, the Office of the Minister of Justice and Attirney-General of the Federation and professional bodies

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