Senate has rejected the much expected electronic transmission of results from the 8, 809 wards across the country to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC Server during all future elections by the commission.
The development caused a stalemate in the upper legislative chamber for over 15 minutes before the lawmakers went into a closed-door session around 1.45 pm after they were seen discussing in groups.
The Senate had gone far on the clause by clause consideration of the report of its Committee on INEC on the Electoral Act (Amendment), Bill when amendment on the electronic transmission in the Clause 52(3) was raised by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC Niger North).
In the amendment sought by the lawmaker, he said “the issue of electronic transmission of results shall only be allowed where there are networks provided by the National Communications Commission, NCC and approved by the National Assembly.”
The amendment was seconded by Senator Ali Ndume (APC Borno South) with the explanation that the majority part of Borno State in particular and his constituency, in general, didn’t enjoy the internet that would make the transmission works.
However, the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan ruled in favor of those who rejected the technology despite the fact that the majority of lawmakers answered “nayes” when it was put to votes.
Thereafter, Senator Albert Bassey Akpan (PDP Akwa Ibom North-East) sought further amendment on the clause that “the proposed legislation on the electronic transmission be allowed where practicable” failed to scale through as the Senate President again ruled against it despite the fact that the majority answered “ayes”.
The lawmakers later went into a closed-door session that lasted about 25 minutes without any clear resolution.
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