By Joy Odor
The Former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu says the extant Electoral Act in Nigeria has provisions for electronics voting contrary to the believe that electronics voting is not captured in the 2010 electoral act as ammended.
He stated this when the Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission finally screened Tella Adeniran Rahmon the new Osun nominee as Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“In 2010 electoral act we specifically in section 52 outlawed the use of electronic means for elections.
“But four years or five years later we amended the act ahead of the 2015 election, that section 52 was amended removing that restriction and automatically INEC was called upon to use electronics system for all elections and nothing has changed since then.
“What happened is, it came close to the 2015 election so both the media and the public did not take good notice of it even though we tried to reenact it in the last senate it was more like an update because it was already in the electoral act.
“So this one we are adding now is to repeal all those electoral act of 2010 and all the subsequent amendments so we can have one wholesome electoral act that we can have assess to and then that is comprehensive.
“Otherwise as I speak to you now, there is provision in the electoral act section 52(2) that contains the issue of electronic voting” he stressed.
It would be recalled that MrRahmon was nominated by President Buhari as replacement for Raheem Muideen who failed the screening test when he admitted his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) before the committee earlier.
The 46 year old academic had appeard before the Senate INEC, for his confirmation screening after his nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari, when he told the committee that he was a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Aside declaring his commitment to the ruling APC he also confirmed a petition against his nomination by one Oyebade Adebisi Abideen alleging that he had openly supported a particular political party which negates constitutional criteria for INEC Commissionership job.
At the screening of his replacement Rahmon yesterday, the Committee Chairman, Senator Kabir Gaya explained that the other nominee Raheem Muideen had problem and the Committee asked that they correct his issues and send him back or they bring a new nomination.
“The president brought a new nomination and the committee has gone through the Curriculum Vitae of the nomination.
“He has spoken favorably and I think the committee has asked him to go and the committee will submit the report to the senate.
“He has a doctorate degree, he has been a lecturer for years, I believe he is equipped to be a better electoral commissioner.”