Reps pass Electoral Act Amendment Bill, set campaign finance limits



The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

The passage of the bill by the House comes a day after the Senate passed a similar bill.

In passing the bill, the House adopted the report by a joint Senate and House of Representatives committee on the bill, which was presented by Aishatu Dukku.

President Muhammadu Buhari had refused assent to the earlier passed bill raising constitutional and drafting issues.

The joint committee had addressed the issues raised by the president in a harmonised, fourth version of the bill.

Presenting the report, Mrs Dukku explained that the bill will provide for the use of card readers and any other technological devices in conducting elections.

She added that it will also provide a timeline for the submission of lists of candidates as captured in Section 31(6) and 85(1) of the bill.

“The bill is meant to identify criteria for substitution of candidates, limits of campaign expenses as well as addressing problems related to the omission of names of candidates or logo of political parties.”

The House went straight to consider the ten observations raised by the president.

“Clause 4, amends Section 18 of the Principal Act which deals with erroneous cross-references made in the Bill that was sent earlier for assent.

“Clause 10, amends Section 36 (3) of the Principal Act that deals with qualifying language.

“Clause 14, amends Section 49 (4) of the Principal Act that deals with the failure of a card reader. Where a smart card reader deployed for accreditation of Voters fails to function in any polling unit and a fresh card reader is not deployed 3 hours before the close of the election in that unit, then the election shall not hold but

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