Senate Approves Conditional Electronic Transmission of Electoral Results

The Senate on Thursday approved the conditional electronic transmission of electoral results.

The approval came following an amendment to Clause 52(3) by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North) during consideration of a report by the Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission.

The amendment was seconded by Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South).

At the end of voting, 28 Senators mostly from the PDP voted for the original amendment in the report while 52 Senators mostly from the APC voted for the amendment as proposed by Senator Sabi Abdullahi.

Senator Sabi Abdullahi’s amendment received an acceptable ruling by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during a voice vote.

Majority of Senators supported the vote that INEC may consider electronic transmission provided the national network coverage is adequate and secure by NCC and approved by the National Assembly.

The Senate was plunged into a rowdy session as the lawmakers contested the amendment of section 52(3) of the electoral act amendment bill.

FRCN Abuja

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