A Lower House committee working to revise the Public Offices Election Law on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to drop a ban on the use of the Internet during poll campaigns, a significant step toward modernizing the system before voters cast their ballots for Upper House candidates in July.

The bill, sponsored by the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling bloc as well as Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), is likely to be passed into law by the end of this month after clearing both chambers. The Lower House is set to vote on the bill Friday, after which it will be sent to the Upper House.

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