A bill seeking to amend the the Electoral Act and enact on Tuesday scaled through second reading in the House of Representatives.
The bill which was sponsored by was sponsored by Rep. Aishatu Dukku (APC-Gombe) seeks to regulate the Federal, States and Area Councils Elections and other others.
The lawmaker added that the bill if passed into law would restrict qualification for elective office to relevant provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.
It also said the bill would give legal backing to card readers and other modern technological equipment.
“This amendment has become necessary because of the flaws observed in our electoral system.
“It’s no longer news that our electoral experiences since 1999 show a strong correlation between an efficient and effective electoral legal framework and the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.
“In fact, amendments of our electoral laws were long identified as priority legislation by the National Assembly because of the need to consolidate on the gains of our democratic achievements and to also address the lacuna identified in the electoral legal framework.
“A typical example is the case of the Kogi Governorship election in 2016, where a leading candidate died after the commencement of polls but before the declaration of results.
“In addition to this are concerns that the legal framework on certain issues should be well settled ahead of the 2023 elections such as the use of technological devices like the card reader and electronic voting system.
“Also, criteria for substitution of candidates, disclosure of source of funds contributed to political parties, replacement of lost or destroyed permanent voters card, penalty for the possession of fake voters’ card, dates for conducting primary elections shall not be earlier than 150 days and not later than 120 days before the date of election, etc.
“The bill, therefore, seeks to address many loopholes in our electoral system by way of amending over 300 clauses (including new provisions) of the Electoral Act 2010,” she said.