The Senate has on Tuesday commenced the consideration of a bill to amend the Electoral Act (No.6), 2010.
The new amendment to the Electoral Act provides penalties for giving false information when registering a political party and ensures that failure by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and others to comply with any provision of the act carries clearly precise and adequate sanctions.
Sponsored by Senators Ovie Omo-Agege of the All Progressives Congress representing Delta Central and Abubakar Kyari of the same party, representing Borno North, they claim that the bill which has 26 clauses, seeks to amend the Electoral Act to strengthen and protect Nigeria’s democracy, as well as “cure specific mischief plaguing our (Nigeria’s) elections and electoral processes.
Senator Omo-Agege, who is the Deputy Senate President noted that though the process under the eighth Senate was fraught with mutual suspicions and bitterness, electoral reform for the ninth National Assembly remains a priority in its legislative agenda.
He added that the Bill to amend the Electoral Act seeks to enact a new Section 87 on the Nomination of Candidates by Parties for Elections by prescribing maximum fees payable by aspirants and restricting nomination criteria strictly to relevant provisions.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, after consideration of the bill, referred the same to the Committee on INEC for further legislative work.