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Breaking: Senate bows to pressure, rescinds decision against electronic transmission of results

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By Henry Umoru

THE Senate has bowed to pressure from the public on electronic transmission of election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, where and when practicable as it has rescinded its earlier decision.

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The U- turn by the Senate on Tuesday  is coming after months of bashings from the public over resolution against unfettered electronic transmission of election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) where and when practicable.

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The decision is listed  in the Order Paper of the Senate read, ” Relying on order 1(b) and 53( b) of Senate Standing Order accordingly resolves to rescind its decision on the affected Clauses of the Bill as passed and re- commit same to the Committee of the Whole for Consideration and passage.”

Recall that the  Senate had in July during consideration of report  on 2010 Electoral Act ( Amendment ) Bill 2021 submitted by its Committee on INEC, amended clause 52(3) as recommended.

While the clause as presented by the committee in the report, says INEC can transmit election results electronically where and when practicable, the Senate passed the amended version which says ” INEC can transmit election results electronically subject to confirmation of Nigerian Communication Commission ( NCC) of adequacy and security of National Network .

The House of Representatives at the time, adopted the clause as originally recommended by committees of both Chambers on INEC.

Details later…

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