Senate President, Bukola Saraki explains the Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill that was passed by the Nigerian Senate on Thursday 30th of March 2017.
The bill stipulates that votes and recorded results must be transmitted electronically directly from polling units in an encrypted and secured form.
The amendment provides that if for some reason the encrypted data is compromised, the presiding officer will have to rely on the manual collation, which can be prone to manipulation and where the encrypted data is safe, it completely supersedes the manual results.The passage of the bill followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The report is on a Bill for an Act to amend the Electoral Act No. 6, 2010 and for other related matters (Sub-section 231 and 234). One of the amended clauses is the use of electronic device, Smart Card Readers and the use of electronic voting in future elections.