The Nigerian Senate and the House of Representatives have passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill and approved the electronic transmission of results.
The MPs gave their consent on Tuesday, when they returned to plenary following a three-week recess.
The Senate had formed a seven-member conference committee to meet with members of the House of Representatives Conference Committee in order to reconcile disagreements between the Senate and House versions of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
The Senate caved to pressure on October 12 and gave the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) sole authority over the mechanism of transmission of election results.
This followed the National Assembly’s approval of the Nigerian Communications Commission’s judgement that INEC might contemplate electronic transmission of results “provided national [network] coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure.”
The Senate resolved that “voting at an election and transmission of results under this Bill shall be in accordance with the procedure determined by the Commission, which may include electronic voting,” under a new modification to Clause 52 (2) of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
The bill was enacted by the House of Representatives shortly after the Senate approved it, completing the process of altering the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.