The Senate has rejected a proposal that sought to amend the Electoral Act to make pre-election debate among presidential candidates compulsory.
It held that election debates should remain outside the purview of the law.
However, it approved a clause giving the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) liberty to determine the voting procedure at an election, thereby removing the prohibition on electronic voting.
These followed the consideration of the report of its Committee on Constitution Review in respect of “A bill for an act to amend the Electoral Act 2010 to provide for tenure of office of secretary, power to issue duplicate voters card, determine voting procedure and for other related matters, 2014.
Presenting the report, Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, disclosed that the proposal seeking to place the responsibility of proving the regularity or otherwise of any election on INEC was also discarded.