SING Nigeria commends President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the Electoral Act Amendment bill and signing it into law. SING is particularly interested in the outcome of what will henceforth reshape our electoral democracy. We would want to re-emphasise that for us as a Civil Society Organisation, the efforts by the National Assembly and collective actionable demands made by Nigerians for this Bill to be assented to by President Muhammed Buhari remain a watershed.
We recognise that the new Electoral Bill will consequently reduce grey areas that had hitherto marred the credibility of the elections. Worthy of note here as regards the assented bill is with specific reference to sections 3,9 (2), 34, 41, 47, 84 (9), (10) and 11, and more.
As clearly captured, “the Bill would also improve and engender clarity, effectiveness, and transparency of the election process, as well as reduce to the barest minimum incidences of acrimony arising from dissatisfied candidates and political parties”.
As part of the most critical demands made forth in the Bill, going forward, the issue of Electronic Transmission of Results and Direct, Indirect, and Consensus modes of selecting political party’s candidates are being addressed and established.
It behoves all key institutions especially the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to consolidate while ensuring the effective applicability of the signed Electoral Bill 2022 with a view to bringing massive improvement in the general management, conduct, and regulation of the conduct of elections in Nigeria’s democratic space.
On a final note, for so long, we have advocated for an electoral system that will give Nigerians hope in the electoral system as well as deepen electoral credibility, transparency, and inclusion. With this, we commend Mr President, the National Assembly, INEC, key stakeholders, and the general public for being unanimous on this bill. This will indeed significantly improve our electoral process and democracy.