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Senate in rowdy session over electronic transmission of election results [update]

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The Senate, on Thursday, erupted in a rowdy session during plenary when amendment of section 52(3) of the electoral act amendment bill was contested by lawmakers.

Motion for the nhe new amendment was brought by Senator Sabi Abdullahi from Niger state and seconded by Senator Ali Ndume from Borno State.

The section, which dealt with electronic transmission of results, has the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to determine the use of electronic transmission of results removed.

It vested much of the decision making on the  Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) subject to approval of the National Assembly.

When the motion for the controversial amendment was presented for deliberation, the lawmakers  launched into a shouting match resulting to a rowdy session.

After several efforts to call the chamber to order, the Senate President ordered the Senate to go into a closed-door session.

On his part, the Senate minority leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe called for a division challenging the Senate President’s ruling on the electoral act amendment bill.

After the senate ended its closed-door session, Abaribe called for a division challenging the Senate President’s ruling on the session.

According to Abaribe, the division would allow Nigerians know who is voting for what.

A division means each lawmaker will vote publicly on the clause on electronic transmission.

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