At Last! Senate Approves e-voting For General Election

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The Nigeria Senate on Thursday, passed some amendments to the Nigeria Electoral Act 2010, by approving the use of electronic voting (e-voting) in future elections.

The Senate also approved that election results could also be transmitted electronically to collation centers.

The bill was passed following the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on a Bill for an Act to amend the Electoral Act No. 6, 2010 and for other related matters (SB 231 and SB 234).

Major highlights of the new bill include provision for the use of electronic voting by INEC during future elections, use of Card Reader and also gives INEC power to modify the voting process if there is a challenge.

It also approved a provision that will enable INEC to transmit the result of elections electronically in an encrypted and secured manner to prevent hacking.