YVote Naija is pleased with the decision of the Nigerian Senate to rescind its earlier position to prevent the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from transmitting election results independently.
In July, the Senate inserted a controversial clause 52(3) in the 2021 Electoral Bill. The clause stated that INEC could only transmit election results on the approval of telecoms regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.
YVote Naija condemned the decision as an attempt to influence the electoral process and deny INEC the opportunity to perform its duties without interference. However, we applaud the Nigerian Senate for listening to the people’s voice and ensuring that its laws enable INEC to conduct credible elections.
This move by the Senate is a step in the right direction and bodes well for our democracy. However, as we continue to advocate for increased participation in elections, we must also ensure that our laws align with the country’s realities.
We also urge President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the bill into law as soon as it gets to his table. This will allow INEC to plan ahead of the 2023 elections properly.
We commend citizens and civil societies who rose to the occasion to pressure the Nigerian Senate until this reversal was made. We must remain resolute in our demands.
YVote Naija is committed to ensuring that more Nigerians know their civic responsibilities and participate in the electoral process.