Poll: Court Can’t Declare Winner On Electoral Act Amendment

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Courts are to be banned from declaring winners of elections if the endorsement of the Senate Committee on Electoral Act Amendment scale through.

In the proposal, courts will only be able to order a fresh election if it finds an election to be flawed.

Tribunals will still be expected to hear and dispose of an election petition within 180 days.

The court of Appeal will also, as it subsists, have 90 days to decide on election matters.

Sources close to the panel said the members have already voted and agreed on this proposals.

In another proposal, political parties will be mandated to conduct primaries not later than six months to the election. This is to give courts ample time to dispose of pre-election matters.

Pre-election matters are no longer be allowed to be hear after elections.

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The Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) it was learnt, has reversed itself on the controversial Section 50(2)of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill to allow for Electronic Voting and Electronic Transmission of Results.

This follows the clamour by Nigerians including governors, political parties and civil society groups, and others for electronic transmission of results.

The Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is expected to table its recommendations before the Senate plenary for consideration this week.

A top source, who spoke in confidence, said the Senate Committee had amended the Electoral Act 2010 to protect the sanctity of the ballot.

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