Uproar As Senate Empowers NCC, NASS To Determine Electronic Transmission Of Results

Uproar As Senate Empowers NCC, NASS To Determine Electronic Transmission Of Results

A resolution by the Senate empowering the National Communications Commission (NCC) to determine that a network is adjudged secured and approved by the National Assembly before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) can transmit election results electronically, on Thursday, led to uproar in the Upper Chamber.

Deputy Chief Whip Aliyu Abdullahi had during consideration of the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill report by the Senate proposed that Section 52(3) reads: “The Commission may transmit results of elections by electronic means where and when practicable” to read that “the Commission may transmit results of elections by electronic means provided that the network has been adjudged secured by the NCC and approved by the National Assembly.”

The amendment sought was upheld by the Senate after it was put to voice vote.

CityNews Nigeria learnt that Senator Bassey Albert Akpan also proposed an amendment that Section 52(3) of the Bill as contained in the Bill which reads: “The Commission may transmit results of elections by electronic means where and when practicable” be upheld.

The proposal was defeated when it was put to voice vote.

This development threw the session into an uproar and rowdiness as the Senate was practically divided along Northern and Southern lines.

The development later forced Senate President Ahmad Lawan to order a closed session at 1.55pm.

The Senate later resumed its consideration of the Electoral Act Bill report at 14:10pm after the closed session.

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, raised a point of Order citing order 73 of the Senate Standing Orders.

He called for division of Senate to enable Nigerians know who opposed or supported the proposed amendment by Senator Akpan.

After a lot of back and forth, Lawan agreed the Senate be divided to determine the provision of Section 52(3).

The voting is ongoing.

 

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