Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), will likely use the amended Electoral Act 2010 for the governorship elections in Anambra and Ekiti states as well and the 2023 general elections.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said the Senate will pass the bill by the first quarter of next year.
Lawan, who gave the assurance while opening a public hearing on “A Bill for an Act to repeal the Electoral Act No.6, 2010 (as amended) and enact the Independent National Electoral Commission Act, 2020, ” organised by the National Assembly Joint Committee on INEC and Electoral Matters in Abuja, said the new Electoral Act would improve the 2023 elections.
He said that the target was to pass the PIB before the end of the second quarter of 2021, adding that both the red and green chambers have set their legislative agenda,.
Lawan said: “Although they are similar, we have consistently remained focused on the Electoral Act amendment and Constitution amendment that may also refine the Electoral Act and the political environment generally.
“Alongside the Electoral Act which is settled, the PIB which is very important and will equally receive similar treatment. We will pass the PIB before the second quarter of next year.”
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, stressed the need to strengthen the electoral processes.