[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Rep Aishatu Dukku, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Political Parties Matters, has said that the 2020 Electoral Bill if passed will further empower the commission.
She said INEC would now be validly empowered by law to use card readers and other technologies to conduct elections.
Dakku, who sponsored the bill, spoke while briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.
She said card reader would be used for accreditation while other appropriate technologies would be used to transmit results.
The lawmaker said that it was expedient to amend the electoral law in other to deepen the nation’s democracy, adding that the bill would also help to regulate the Federal, State and local government polls.
According to her, the amendment has become necessary because of the flaws observed in the nation’s elections, noting that there are some lacuna in the current law that needed to be amended.
“A case in point is when a candidate dies when the election is almost concluded like it happened in Kogi governorship election in 2016”.
Recall that the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Abubakar Audu, had died while the election result was about to be announced.
Dakku said the Senate, House of Representatives, the judiciary and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) were on the same page with the new electoral bill.
She said this was to forestall a repeat of what happened during the Eighth National Assembly (NASS) when President Muhammadu Buhari refused to give his assent to the electoral bill.
She said the current NASS was poised to produce a clean copy of the electoral bill, adding that after the second reading, the bill would be subjected to public hearing for Nigerians to have input.
Dakku said the public would be carried along to reduce the time spent on working on the bill.
She said the 2020 electoral bill stipulated a maximum of N5 billion that could be spent by a presidential candidate and N1 billion by a governorship candidate.
Also, N100 million and N70 million for senatorial and House of Representatives candidates respectively.
Dakku said N30 million was the limit to be spent by a chairmanship candidate and N5 million by a councilorship candidate.
Dakku is the sponsor of the Bill for an Act to Repeal the Electoral Act 2010, as amended.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]