The National Assembly yesterday said that efforts had reached an advanced stage in the process of enacting a new Electoral Act that would make provision for electronic voting ahead of the 2019 general elections. The parliament also said that it had stepped up activities geared towards redefining the regulatory framework to make elections more transparent and credible in the country. Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary, Hon. Aminu Shehu Shagari, disclosed this at an interface with me dia executives at the National Assembly, Abuja. The media roundtable was hosted by the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) as part of a strategic plan to engage political actors, political office holders, media and other stakeholders on preparations for the forthcoming general elections.
Shagari, who is also the Chairman of the Steering Committee put together by NILS for the development of the Strategic Plan, said that following the release of the timetable for the 2019 elections, there was an urgent need for critical stakeholders to put all hands on deck to support the process.
He said that so far stakeholders have identified a number of challenges militating against free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria, adding that the National Assembly would do anything within its powers to introduce legislative reforms that could address the situation.
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