The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed satisfaction with the electoral amendment bill that the National Assembly recently sent to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that on November 29, the President solicited the advice of INEC and other key stakeholders on the electoral amendment act.
President Buhari invited the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, to give his professional view on the contentious law in a letter addressed through his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari.
The bill includes two important amendments: the requirement that political parties employ direct primaries to select candidates for election, as well as the option for INEC to submit election results electronically or not.
INEC has asked the President to approve the electoral bill as amended by the National Assembly, according to a source in the White House.
The electoral authority is satisfied with the law, according to the source, and the provisions will strengthen the electoral process and make future elections more credible.
INEC praised the National Assembly for integrating electronic results transmission and early nomination of candidates for elections, he said.
According to a presidential aide, INEC assured the president that having the power to examine election results announced by its personnel under duress is a positive thing.
INEC told Buhari of its plan to complete the legislative process ahead of the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun in February and March 2022, according to the source.
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