The National Assembly has been urged by Yiaga Africa to change the 2022 Electoral Act to include early voting for those providing critical services.
This came after their trip to observe the elections in Liberia.
They urged the National Assembly to mandate electronic results transmission.
The body also recommended that results sheets used at various stages of results collation and uploads from polling units be sent electronically.
Additionally, Yiaga Africa said that the legislation need to be changed to require candidates in every election to submit photographs.
Samson Itodo, executive director of Yiaga Africa, said political stakeholders should show a firm commitment to democracy and nation-building by upholding national values like patriotism, integrity, and public interest in electoral politics. He was speaking at a press conference to release the report on the Election Study and Observation Mission (ESOM) to the Liberia 2023 General Elections, titled: “Liberia 2023 Elections and Lessons for Nigeria.”
“To increase the quality of electoral preferences and lower the number of invalid votes, INEC should examine the format of the ballot papers used in Nigerian elections to incorporate images and names of candidates.
“INEC and state electoral commissions should pledge to increase election administration openness by proactive publication of election information and uniform implementation of election laws and regulations.
“The National Assembly and INEC should change the electoral legislative framework (Electoral Act and INEC Guidelines) to allow for the introduction of early voting in order to let eligible voters who are engaged in necessary election-related tasks, such as security officers, INEC officials, election observers, journalists, etc., to participate in elections.
“To resolve the uncertainties in the results collation and transmission procedure and the role of technology in the results management value chain, the National Assembly should reform the Electoral Act.
Itodo recommended that the National Assembly amend the election legislation to make electronic transmission of results mandatory, including the upload of results sheets utilized at various stages of results collation as well as results at the polling unit level.