National Assembly passes Electoral Amendment act, approves electronic transmission of results.

Written by on November 10, 2021

The Senate and the House of Representatives have passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill and approved the electronic transmission of results.

The approval was given on Tuesday when the lawmakers resumed plenary after a three-week recess.

A seven-man conference committee had been constituted by the Upper chamber to meet with members of the House of Representatives Conference Committee and harmonise the differences in the Senate and House versions of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

It could be recalled that on October 12, the Senate had bowed to pressure and giving the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the sole power to determine the mode of transmission of results.

This followed the reversal of its previous decision that INEC may consider the electronic transmission of results provided national [network] coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure by the Nigerian Communications Commission and approved by the National Assembly.

Under a new amendment of Clause 52 (2) of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the Senate resolved that voting at an election and transmission of results under this Bill shall be in accordance with the procedure determined by the Commission, which may include electronic voting.

————– Senate charge IGP to investigate disappearance of Abuja based Journalist.

In the meantime, the Senate has charged the Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Alkali Baba to investigate the circumstances leading to the disappearance Mr Tordue Salem, an Abuja based journalist.

This followed the adoption of a point of order by Senator Orker-Jev Emmanuel Yisa (Benue- North) during Tuesday’s plenary in Abuja.

Citing order 42 and 52 of the Senate Rules, Yisa noted that Salem, before his disappearance, was a journalist with the Vanguard newspaper covering the House of Representatives.

He said that efforts by his family, friends and colleagues to trace his where about proved abortive.

He, however, expressed optimism that with the intervention of the Senate, it might persuade the police to get to the root of the matter.

Amen John Kantiyok

 


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