The Senate has reconsidered the electoral act modification invoice empowering the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee to find out the most effective mode of transmission of election outcomes.
INEC will now need to resolve transmit election outcomes — both electronically or manually.
The higher legislative chamber additionally accepted that every one political events should use the direct major mode in selecting candidates.
The Senate accepted 4 clauses within the electoral act modification invoice.
Recall that on July 15, the Senate session turned rowdy over discussions on the electoral act modification invoice.
A heated argument broke out when the Senate deputy whip, Sabi Abdullahi, proposed an modification to part 50 (3) of the electoral invoice.
“The fee might transmit outcomes of elections by digital means the place and when practicable,” the part reads.
Abdullahi proposed that the Nigerian Communications Fee should certify that nationwide protection is ample and safe whereas the nationwide meeting should approve earlier than the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee can transmit election outcomes.
However Albert Bassey, the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East, kicked towards the thought and stated the preliminary proposal made by the committee needs to be retained.
The higher legislative chamber subsequently moved right into a closed session following the forwards and backwards over the matter.
Afterwards, the Nigerian Communications Fee stated Nigeria doesn’t have ample community protection in its 119,000 polling items to allow the digital transmission of election outcomes.
Talking on behalf of the NCC crew whereas showing earlier than the Home of Representatives to supply insights into the potential for transmitting election outcomes by way of digital means, the Govt Commissioner, Technical Providers, Engineer Ubale Maska, stated that in all of the polling items studied in 2018, solely about 50 per cent had 2G and 3G networks.
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