Rigging of elections will be over in Nigeria — Saraki

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[On twitter]–The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that the Senate has put steps in place towards ensuring that rigging of elections is put to an end.

He said this through his official twitter handle, @bukolasaraki, while explaining the Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill 2017 which was passed into law by the Nigerian Senate, yesterday.

He explained that the amended act will ensure transparency, effectiveness as well as efficiency on the part of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Some of the tweets are written below;

“Passage of #ElectoralAct by @NgrSenate is a step towards Electoral Reforms designed to guarantee free, fair & credible elections in Nigeria”

“#ElectoralAct now supports full biometric accreditation of voters with Smart Card Readers and/or other technological devices

“Presiding Officers must now instantly transmit accreditation data & results from Polling Units to various collation centers. #ElectoralAct

“Presiding officer who fail to instantly transmit accreditation data & collation shall be imprisoned for at least 5 years (no option of fine)

“Presiding Officer must now 1st record accreditation data & polling results on INEC prescribed forms before transmitting them #ElectoralAct

“@inecnigeria required to use electronic & regular forms. The data/result recorded must be the same with what they transmitted

“@inecnigeria now has unfettered powers to conduct elections by electronic voting with the #ElectoralAct we passed in @NGRSenate yesterday.

“#ElectoralAct Besides manual registers @inecnigeria will now be mandated to keep Electronic registers of voters once signed by @NGRPresident

“@inecnigeria is now mandated to publish voters’ registers on its official website(s) for public scrutiny at least 30 days before the election

“Collation of election result is now mainly electronic, as transmitted unit results will help to determine final results on real time basis.

“Those familiar with elections in Nigeria will agree that most rigging happens during transportation of results from unit 2 collation centres

“@inecnigeria now mandated to record details of electoral materials,quantities, serial numbers used to conduct elections (for proper tracking

“Political party whose candidate dies after commencement of election & before declaration of result now has 14-days to conduct new elections

“Party whose candidate dies during election has 14-day window 2 conduct a fresh primary for @inecnigeria to conduct fresh elections in 21days

“Election of a winner can no longer B challenged on grounds of qualification, if winner satisfied applicable requirements of sections 65, 106

“All members of political parties are now eligible to determine the ad-hoc delegates to elect candidates of parties in indirect primaries.”

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