Senate Committee on Electoral Matters says it will compel the Independent National Electoral Commission to upload election results online.
Chairman of the Committee, Senator Sharafadeen Alli, stated this while speaking on Channels TV on Tuesday.
He noted that although the current law does not make it mandatory for INEC to upload results, the committee is working on an amendment of the law.
Alli said, “That is one of the things that we are going to do. Under the current law, it is not mandatory for INEC to upload results, that is what the court has said. But as we are going forward, it is going to be mandatory.”
Alli said in addition to other electoral reforms being considered, the committee proposed resolving all pre-election matters before the election and upgrading election technology.
He said, “We looked at elections and election petitions. In terms of legislation about election petitions, what we think is all pre-election matters resolved before the election.
“We are also looking at a situation where election petitions are concluded before swearing in.
“We are thinking of approving the time within which to file and conclude election petitions so that somebody will not be sworn in, that is what led us into having these off-cycle elections. There would have been no need for it if we were able to conclude election petitions before the swearing in.
“We are looking at the development of technology, improvement on technology because a lot of Nigerians were disappointed when the use of the IReV didn’t work, but going forward we will try to ensure INEC do something about that.”