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National Assembly Inaugurated, secret balloting adopted

Protests as NASS Clerk Adopts 2015 Rule book for elections of Presiding officers


The inauguration of the 9th Senate started at 10:00a.m. on Tuesday with the Clerk of National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori has adopted 2015 rule book for the elections of Presiding officers.

The rule book prescribes Open Secret Ballot system for NASS elections.

Accordingly, Voting in the Senate has Commenced with the  Secret ballot system adopted.

The inauguration attracted protest from supporters of Sen. Ahmad Lawan following announcement from the Clerk of the National Assembly that secret ballot would be used for election.

The Clerk, Mohammed Omolori after reading the proclamation from President Muhammadu Buhari at exactly 10:00 announced the use of the 2015 Senate Rule which specifies the use of secret ballot in electing presiding officers.

He barely finished when supporters of Lawan began protesting, saying they would not accept the use of 2015 rule.

Prominent among those who led the protest are Sen. Solomon Adeola (APC-Lagos) and Sen. Barau Jibrin(APC-Kano).

But the clerk explained that he did not receive any court order stopping him for from using anything other than the 2015 rule.

He also told the protesting members that they did not “have any voice till after the election.

At that point, the Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh took the role call.

At the end of the role call, 107 senators-elect were present for the election.

Two seats from Imo state were declared vacant.

Thereafter nomination of candidates for president of the senate was done to allow for the election proper.

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