House will resist non-use of card readers for 2019 elections – Dogara

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– Yakubu Dogara said federal lawmakers will resist any attempt to continue frustrating the enactment of the Electoral Act Amendment bill

– Dogara said the amendment bill has provisions that are designed to guarantee free, fair and transparent elections in Nigeria

– He said the passage of the bill will address any plan to manipulate the forthcoming elections by exploiting loopholes in the electoral act

Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, October 10, declared that the lower chamber would resist any further attempt to frustrate the enactment of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

According to him, failure to do so would be indicative of a desire not to improve on the successes recorded in the 2015 elections.

ThisDay reports that Dogara who made this known in a speech to mark the resumption of the House from its annual recess, noted that the passage of the bill will address fears that some forces plan to manipulate the forthcoming elections by exploiting loopholes in the Electoral Act as it is presently.

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He said: “The new Electoral Act amendment bill has provisions that are designed to guarantee free, fair and transparent elections in Nigeria, entrenches the Smart Card Reader and electronic transmission of results, among others.

“the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) supplementary budget bill must also be accorded expeditious consideration.

“The pending issue of the Electoral Act amendment bill, which was unfortunately vetoed by the president, must also be expeditiously considered and passed.

“The new Electoral Act amendment bill has provisions that are designed to guarantee free, fair and transparent elections in Nigeria. The amendment bill entrenches the Smart Card Reader and electronic transmission of results among others.

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“Any further attempt to frustrate the passing into law of the bill, will be indicative of our desire not to improve on the successes of the 2015 general election as well as further fueling the fears that some, including our international partners, have about some forces who intend to manipulate the forthcoming elections by exploiting identified loopholes in the Electoral Act currently in force.”

He assured the people that as soon as the assembly settles down to business, the INEC supplementary budget bill must be accorded expeditious consideration.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the APC reacted to the alleged defection of Speaker Yakubu Dogara to the PDP, saying that the lawmaker has no political value to be considered a loss.

The party’s spokesperson, Yakubu Nabena, said: “It is not a surprise to us, we already know that he has been working with the PDP.”

The publication had reported that the speaker had quietly purchased the forms to run on the platform of the major opposition party.

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