5 key parts of the 2022 Electoral Bill you must know

Electronically transmitted results

INEC is authorized to decide whether election results are submitted electronically or manually [under Clause 50 of the Electoral Bill].

Review Election Results (declared under duress)

INEC is given jurisdiction under Clause 65 of the electoral bill to review declarations and returns submitted under suspicious circumstances.

Neutrality of election officers

INEC employees are granted political neutrality under Clause 8(5).

In addition, an INEC officer with political ties is guilty of a crime and faces a fine of N5,000,000 or a two-year prison sentence, or both, if convicted.

Electronic voter accreditation

Clause 47 of the electoral bill authorizes INEC to electronically certify voters using Smart Card Readers or other technical equipment.

Inclusion of Persons with Disability

INEC must ensure that persons with disabilities, special needs, and vulnerable people are assisted at polling places by providing appropriate means of communication, such as Braille, large embossed print, electronic devices, sign language interpretation, or, in appropriate cases, off-site voting, as stipulated in Clause 54 (2).

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