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Bill To Amend Electoral Act Passes Second Reading

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill for Second Reading. The Bill titled "A Bill for an Act to amend the Electoral Act, 2022 and for Related Matters," and sponsored by the member representing Ughelli North/Ughelli South/Udu Federal Constituency, Delta State, Mr. Francis Waive, seeks to revisit the controversial electronic transmission of results that was rejected during the last review.

It also seeks to punish anyone who files frivolous petitions with heavy fines to reduce the number of cases that would end up in court.

Presenting the bill, Waive lamented the gaps in the Electoral Act 2022, noting that an amendment of the law to pave the way "for the electronic transmission of results would help the nation's democracy."

Waive also called for the review of the voter register every ten years.