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The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room says the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on the 2023 presidential election may erode the progress made in the use of technology in elections.
As a group with significant years of knowledge and experience in elections – both in the field and the policy space, Situation Room is concerned that the judgment may have raised questions regarding the gains made with the passage of the Electoral Act 2022, particularly reforms that introduce technology in elections and require INEC to issue guidelines for the elections and implement it.
“The Electoral Act 2022 provided safeguards indicating the need for INEC to be innovative in developing procedures that will help eliminate the human element regarding the conduct of elections. It seems to us that these innovative reforms may now face challenges as the Tribunal has opened the implementation of these reforms to INEC’s human discretionary powers. This is indeed worrying for our electoral system,” the Situation Room said.
Situation Room notes that it is within the rights of the contending political parties to further dispute or accept the judgment issued by the Tribunal on the elections and will be watching developments regarding further actions by the political parties involved.
In a statement issued on Friday, the Situation Room said the verdict may present challenges for the innovative reforms achieved through the Electoral Act of 2022.
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