Reps Reject E-voting Again, Outlaw Manual Accreditation

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The House of Representatives on Thursday again rejected  e-voting in the country’s elections. By implication, voters will not use electronic machines to cast their ballot.

The lawmakers took the decision in Abuja as they reconsidered the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

The long title of the bill read, “A bill for an Act to amend the provisions of the Electoral Act, No. 6, 2010 to further improve the electoral process and for related matters.”

An attempt to specify in the law that electronic voting should be legalised was rejected by members.

However, the use of the card reader solely for accreditation of voters was approved by the lawmakers.

The House also outlawed the use of manual accreditation for election by the new provision.

Under the new provision, which is a new Section 18 (3), where the card reader fails in any unit, “the election in that unit shall be suspended and conducted within 24 hours.”

The provision indicates that manual accreditation shall no longer serve as an alternative to accreditation with the card reader.

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