Reps to amend electoral acts to include card readers

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

The House of Representatives says it will amend the Electoral Acts to include the use of Card Readers as a constitutional part of the Electoral Law for the conduct of subsequent elections in the country.

A member of House of Representatives, Alhaji Zakari Mohammed who disclosed this in Ilorin, the kwara State capital during an interview with newsmen noted that the card reader would go a long way in curbing electoral violence and ensure credible elections.

The Lawmaker said the electoral law would be amended so that the card reader would have a place in the countries electoral process adding that this was the trend in other countries of the world.

Alhaji Zakari Muhammed who is a member of the ten -man fact finding committee from the House of Representatives investigating the crisis in the Kogi State House of Assembly stated that the House has the constitutional right to take over the responsibilities of any state House of Assembly across the country that is in crisis pending the resolution of such crisis.

According to him, the committee would submit its report on the floor of the House of Representatives onTuesday and make its recommendations public.

Alhaji Zakari Muhammed appealed to elected representatives to make themselves accountable to the electorate and embark on governance father than allowing the outcome of elections to still linger on for long.

The Lawmaker appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the present administration more so with the foreign trips being embarked upon by Presdent Muhammahu Buhari adding that his trips were within the law of the land and in the interest of the nation more so that the nation needs the support  of other countries particularly now in the nations polity.

Alhaji Zakari Mohammed who is representing Baruten/Kaiama Constituency of Kwara State in the National Assembly urged the leadership of the NLC and the TUC to concentrate more on how government would address the issue of the power sector, unemployment and revival of industries and have a base line on minimum wage warning that it was difficult for states to have a uniform salary structure.

The Lawmaker expressed the hope that the 2016 budget would capture all sectors of the economy including the Kishi/ Kaiama federal road projects while more federal presence would be felt in the State.

Alhaji Zakari Muhammed who is the Chairman House Committee on Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) described the Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki as a democrat and a great leader who Kwarans in particular should appreciate .