September 24, 2018

Reps debate card readers for 2019 elections (Punch)

Reps debate card readers for 2019 elections (Punch)

A fresh bill seeking legal backing for the use of card reader as a voting device has been slated for debate and possible passage for second reading this week by the House of Representatives.

The debate, which will start on Wednesday, is on a bill to amend the Electoral Act, 2010 to specify that card reader should be recognised as a voting device.

The bill is listed against a member from Kaduna State, Mr. Simon Arabo.

A copy of this week’s Notice Paper sighted in Abuja on Monday, gave the title of the bill as, “A bill for an Act to Amend the Electoral Act, 2010 to, among other things, make our electoral process more credible by making the use of card reader, the credible means of voter accreditation and voting and enhancing transparency and efficiency in the conduct of free, fair and credible elections; and for related matters.”

The card reader has generated controversies since it was tested during the 2015 general elections. Read more

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