The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it is working with the National Assembly to review the country’s Electoral Act for improved electoral processes.
The acting chairman of INEC, Hajia Amina Zakari, stated this yesterday when she received some Foreign Defence Attaches with the Defence Intelligence Agency at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
According to Zakari, INEC has noticed some lapses in the electoral act which needed to be reviewed.
She said while INEC had recommended certain reviews to the National Assembly, it had also reminded the current lawmakers on the need to review those clauses to improve the electoral processes.
She said, “We will continuously try to improve the electoral process through legal reviews.
“Election laws are not static, they are dynamic. You have to keep on improving on them especially when something comes up, like the issue of Diaspora voting, the issue of electronic voting.
“These are issues that require review and we will keep on recommending to the National Assembly for these reviews.’’
Zakari listed other challenges confronting the commission in carrying out its functions to include election violence, lack of internal democracy among political parties and difficulties in monitoring their election finances.
The acting chairman said that INEC was already working on necessary measures to mitigate the challenges, by introducing modern technologies, including the Permanent Voters Cards into the electoral process.
“We have already achieved some success in those regards but we are looking forward for more.
“On electoral violence, we have been able to mitigate that with the deployment of our Election Risk Management Tool and with our collaboration with the Inter-Agency Committee on Election Security (IACES),’’ Zakari said.