Electoral Act: CAN commends senate for making a U-turn on electronic voting, transmission


The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has lauded the Senate for making a U-turn on its earlier position not to allow the use of electronic voting and transmission in the coming elections in the country.

The Senate rescinded its decision on some clauses in the Electoral Amendment Bill that was passed in July especially clause 52 which deals with the methods of voting and collation of results in an election.

The Upper Chamber amended the clause to let the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), determine the use of electronic voting and transfer of results.

In a statement signed by the General Secretary, Barrister Joseph Bade Daramola, CAN recall the uproar and the controversy that the July decision generated and commended the leadership of the Senate for being sensitive to the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

The association said that is the beauty of democracy, adding that the more the government does this, the better for the nation.

CAN also calls on the House of Representatives to follow this path of honour by rescinding its own decision.

The association also advised President Muhammadu Buhari to do the needful by signing the amendment Bill to law as soon as he receives it.

It called on the two chambers to let political parties decide how their candidates will emerge instead of imposing direct primaries on them.

CAN appealed to INEC, the Federal government, the security agencies, political parties and the Non-Governmental Organisations to work together to ensure credible, free and fair polls in the country.

The association said situation where courts decide those occupying political offices is totally unacceptable, reprehensible and disheartening, adding that if the country’s democracy is still a baby, Nigeria would not be regarded as a serious country in the comity of nations.

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