PLAC Widens Access to Electoral Act 2022, Launches App, Mobile Versions

PLAC Widens Access to Electoral Act 2022, Launches App, Mobile Versions

For those who crave for wider access to details of the Electoral Act 2022, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) has made it easy with the launch of its PLAC Electoral Act 2022 Web and mobile App. The App which contains the complete text of the Nigerian Electoral Act passed in 2022 also comes in

For those who crave for wider access to details of the Electoral Act 2022, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) has made it easy with the launch of its PLAC Electoral Act 2022 Web and mobile App. The App which contains the complete text of the Nigerian Electoral Act passed in 2022 also comes in a web version, as well as Android and iOS mobile version.

In addition, it contains simplified explanations for every section of the law, relevant court decisions that interpret the provisions and demonstrate its practical application, as well as reference to additional reading materials for researchers.

Executive Director PLAC, Mr. Clement Nwankwo said the objective of designing the web and mobile App is to disseminate the provisions of the law to the public and ensure that citizens have it in a readily accessible format.

According to him, PLAC observed that people are always with their handsets thus getting the Electoral Act into instruments they use more often would make their access to the Act less stressful.

Mr. Nwankwo who observed that the 2023 general elections will be a milestone in the nation’s electoral history said the Electoral Act is important for Nigerians.

His words: “In 2015, the election was from an incumbent to an opposition, 2023 elections would also be a milestone because it is going to be well contested. The outcome should be one that we’ll all be proud that we took part in it”.

PLAC, he said strongly believe the Electoral Act Web and mobile App would be useful and important to Nigerians.

He commended Ms. Nkiru Uzodi, the Programme Manager and her team that worked on the App stressing that the App came with some unique features.

Mr. Nwankwo commended the European Union (EU) for its flexibility and the support given to PLAC to develop the Electoral Act web and mobile App.

Speaking on the App, Ms. Uzodi said it was part of PLAC’s awareness projects adding that it contains simplified explanations on what informed some of the sections, relevant case laws, and additional resources.

In her goodwill message,Ms. Laolu Olawumi,the Programme Manager, Democracy and Rule of Law, European Union said the App would help users bridge the gap between the process of making the law and the Act itself.

Ms. Olawumi who commended the team that worked on the web requested for a standing ovation for PLAC , said PLAC should make people to be aware of the App.

Speaking on perspectives on the Electoral Act 2022 and Expectations for Credible Elections in Nigeria, Ms.Mma Odi said the Act addressed the critical stakeholders for a free, fair and credible elections.

She observed that the Act made specific directive on when INEC funds should be released, primary elections, empowerment of INEC in the area of electronic voting (BVAS) stressing that with the implementation of the Act, there is a great move for free, fair and credible elections.

Mr. Miakpiburo Emiaso,Esq.a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Delta state University who noted that the Electoral Act is a fine piece of legislation that stemmed from Sec 4(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria said some sections of the Act is too vague to be effective.

Specifically referring to Sec 5 of the Act dealing with auditing of the account of the Commission, Mr. Emiaso said the Act out to have made specific directive on who to do the audit, period of the audit and when and how quarries could be raised should there be unsatisfactory return.

While commending the deployment of digital technology as directed by Section 50 of the Act, he said Nigeria should be expecting INEC to proceed with electronic voting and diaspora voting.

Mr. Mudi Isiaka Dikko,a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) commended PLAC for developing the Electoral Act Web and mobile App which he said is user friendly.

Mr. Dikko who noted that innovation in the Electoral Act came with it’s peculiarities said in the past, Incident Form was used by INEC but now Section 47 of the Act has addressed this.

He said the Supreme Court should be open to public criticism stressing that the Civil Society Organisations should engage the judiciary in a constructive manner.

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