The Senate has amended the Electoral Act 2010 to allow for the use of electronic voting and devices for conduct of elections in Nigeria.
The new election methods followed the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act which passed third reading at Thursday’s plenary.
Briefing newsmen after the exercise, former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission, Senator Abubakar Kyari, who earlier originated the amendment says the new law when assented will modernise Nigeria’s electoral system.
Also amended is the transmission of election results which is now to be done electronically immediately after collation is done at ward, local government and state levels.
Senator Kyari stood in for the Chairman of the INEC committee, Senator Ali Ndume, who was suspended by the Senate for six months on Wednesday.
The amendment is however subject to concurrence by the House of Representatives and assent by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The amendment scaled third reading today during Senate proceedings.