A bill for an Act to repeal the Electoral Act and enact the Independent National Electoral Commission Bill, 2020, on Tuesday passed second reading in the House of Representatives.
The bill is to regulate the Federal, States and Area Councils Elections and other related matters.
The bill which sought to reform electoral processes in the country, was sponsored by Rep. Aishatu Dukku (APC-Gombe).
Leading the debate, Dukku said that the bill sought to make provisions for restriction and qualification for elective office to relevant provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.
The Rep said that the bill when passed into law, would provide a timeline for the submission of lists of candidates and criteria for substitution of candidates.
According to her, it will address limit of campaign expenses, and address the omission of names of candidates or logo of political parties.
“This amendment has become necessary because of the flaws observed in our electoral system.
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.