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House of Reps in another row over Electoral Act Bill [update]

Lawmakers of the House of Representatives descended into another rowdy session on Friday at the resumption of the consideration of the Electoral Act amendment bill.

Recall that the House suspended the consideration of the bill on Thursday following disagreement over a clause in Section 52 of the Bill which dwelt on the mode of transmitting election results.

Speaker of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila had invited the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to enlighten Members on the implications of electronic transmission of results.

Hon. Gbajabiamila said consideration of the report will continue today with inputs from NCC and INEC officials regarding clause 52 of the Bill.

However, Deputy Speaker Idris Wase, who presided over consideration of reports, skipped clause 52.

The Deputy Minority Leader, Hon Toby Okechukwu immediately called for a point of order, noting that the issue in contention before consideration was suspended was the amendment to clause 52 and not the entire Bill.

He said recommendation of the Electoral Committee, which leaves the mode of transmission at the discretion of INEC was not voted on neither was a decision taken on the motion by Hon Kingsley Chinda.

But when Wase said there was no motion to that effect, the House became rowdy and some members were seen charging at one another, spoiling for a fight.

Members of the opposition PDP eventually staged a walkout to protest the decision of the chairman.

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