The House of Representatives has kick-started the second reading on a harmonized Bill to amend the Independent National Electoral Commission Act ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The bill was presented at plenary on Tuesday by Rep. Aisha Dukku (APC-Gombe) for debate and passage for third reading among members of the lower chamber.
According to Aisha, the major highlights of the amendments to the Act include the de-emphases on money politics, compulsory usage of card readers in all polls and independent candidacy.
She also added that the bill is necessary to fix Nigeria’s flawed electoral system.
“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.