Electoral Act: Lawmakers disagree over electronic transmission of results


Lawmakers at the Senate have commenced debate on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

The session, however, turned rowdy as the senators disagreed over Section 52(3) of the bill, which deals with electronic transmission of election results.

The lawmakers were already having the clause-by-clause consideration of the bill when they arrived at this Section and the Senate Deputy Whip, Sabi Abdullahi, moved to amend the section.

The new amendment, which was seconded by Senator Ali Ndume, provides that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may consider electronic transmission so far the national network coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure by Nigeria Communication Commission and approved by the National Assembly.

The controversial amendment sharply divided lawmakers, plunging the session into a rowdy one.

The Senate President was unable to bring the chamber back to order, forcing the Senate to go into a closed-door session.

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