Electoral Bill: Crisis looms ahead of 2023 polls, CSOs warn

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SEVENTY civil society organizations warned on Monday that the National Assembly's refusal to include electronic transfer of election results, as well as relevant amendments to electoral laws to empower the Independent National Electoral Commission to determine election mode, could spell the end of the 2023 general elections.

CSOs under the auspices of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room issued the warning on Monday at the National Assembly in Abuja, during a press conference with implementing partners under the EU-Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria Programme on the harmonisation of the Electoral Bill.

According to the coalition, “if the Electoral Amendment Bill is not signed, it will spell disaster for the 2023 general elections.”

“Despite the historic proposals in the ongoing review process, civil society partners and key stakeholders have identified approximately 17 points of divergence in the versions of the Elections Act Amendment Bill passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives, including: the use of Smart Card Readers; deployment of electronic voting, collation and transmission of results; and cost of capping.”

“These noted disparities in the proposals, notably surrounding electronic transmission of results and the deployment of technology gadgets in the conduct of elections, alarm us as a civil society group and a huge majority of electoral players and Nigerians.”

Source: Punch Newspaper

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