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House Speaker Dogara Seeks Reform of Electoral Act

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, has called for the amendment of the Electoral Act to accommodate the use of card readers in elections. The failure to accommodate the card reader in our electoral law had seen the collapse of many electoral cases where the card reader had detected the alleged electoral fraud.

Speaker Dogara made the appeal on Friday in Abuja at a retreat organised for the House Committee on Electoral and Political Parties to examine the issues that arose from the last general elections.

He urged the committee and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to give legal backing to the use of card readers in the coming 2019 general elections.

The Chairperson of the Committee, Honourable Aishatu Dukku, also expressed worries on how to ensure that the bills were thoroughly scrutinised.

The Executive Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, Clement Nwankwo, expressed hope that any reform of the Electoral Act should be done in 12 months.

In his reaction, the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, highlighted the improvement made in the electoral process so far to ensure a smooth running of the 2019 elections.

The House of Representatives also assured Nigerians that the retreat would produce an outcome that would strengthen the electoral process and deepen democracy.

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