The Senate Committee on Electoral Affairs has decided to make it possible for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to register election results online.
The chairman of the commission, Senator Sharafadeen Alli, revealed this decision on Tuesday, November 3.
He said that while the law passed does not expressly require INEC to upload the results, the committee has been commissioned to amend the law to do so.
“Under the law, there is no obligation for INEC to upload the results, that’s what the court said. But as we move forward, the mandate will come,” Alli said on television.
Alli outlined other proposed reforms, including analyzing all pre-election events and upgrading election technology.
“We looked at the elections and the petitions of the elections. In terms of the legislation on the petitions of the election, we think that everything was decided in the pre-election before the election, he explained.
The plan also aims to streamline the election petition process so that election disputes are resolved before the swearing-in of elected officials. “We are also looking at the situation where the election petitions are concluded before the swearing in,” Alli stated.
The council also calls out the failure of the Bimodal Old Accreditation System (BVAS), which encountered technical glitches during the 2023 general elections.
“We are thinking of approving the period within which to file election petitions and conclude that someone has not been sworn in, which has led us to have these election cycles. It would not have been necessary if we could conclude the election petitions before the oath, Alli explained.
“We are looking at the development of technology, the improvement of technology that many Nigerians have failed since the use of IReV did not work, but progress, we will try to INEC to do something about it,” he added.