Emerging report reaching on Thursday, indicates that the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has challenged the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan’s ruling on the ban on electronic transmission of election results.
The Senate had been plunged into a rowdy session, as the Lawmakers contested the amendment of the section, which removed the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to determine the use of electronic transmission of election results.
The new amendment, which was sought by Senator Sabi Abdullahi from Niger State, and seconded by Senator Ali Ndume, provided that INEC may consider electronic transmission, so far as the national network coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure by the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, and approved by the National Assembly.
The controversial amendment sharply divided the Lawmakers, plunging the session into a rowdy one.
The Senate President was unable to bring the Chamber back to order, forcing the Senate to go into a closed-door session.
After the Senate ended its closed-door session, Senator Abaribe called for a division, challenging the Senate President’s ruling on the session.
According to him, the division would allow Nigerians to know who is voting for what.
A division means each Lawmaker will vote publicly on the clause on Electronic Transmission.
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