Reps reconsider amendment to electoral law

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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The Nigerian House of Representatives will reconsider the Electoral Act Amendment bill soon to enhance the electoral process and address some challenges witnessed in recent elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

The House Minority Leader, Mr. Ndudi Elumelu from Delta State made this known while addressing newsmen alongside other members of the House.

He said the recent elections fell short of the acceptable standard in a democracy.

The lawmaker said the PDP Caucus was not impressed by the outcome of the election, due to the violence, and lost of lives and property in some areas during the exercise.

“We condemned the level of violence that characterized the election.”

The Minority Leader however noted that since the fourth alteration Bill of the electoral Act was passed by the 8th Assembly but was not assented to by Mr. President, the Bill will be sent straight to the committee of the whole for consideration and passage.

Reacting to the comments of the House Minority leader, Mr. Leke Abejide from Kogi State said the election was generally peaceful, except for some few skirmishes.

Abejide said the election was generally successful, since the Independent National Electoral Commission did not declare the Governorship election inconclusive.

He called for the adoption of electronic voting to reduce human contact to curb vote buying and other malpractices.

He also condemned the intimidation of voters by thugs who unleashed mayhem on voters.