The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Tuesday, constituted the seven-member conference committee on the Electoral Amendment Bill which is dominated by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Five members were drawn from the APC, while two are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Akeem Adeyemi (APC, Oyo) is the chairman of the committee, James Faleke (APC, Lagos), Blessing Onuh (APC, Benue), Aisha Dukku (APC, Gombe), Ahmad Kalambaina (APC, Sokoto), Chris Azubogu (PDP, Anambra) and Unyime Idem (PDP, Akwa Ibom) are also members of the committee.
The committee is to meet with the Senate to harmonise the differences in the versions passed by two chambers in July before proceeding on recess.
The Senate’s version was passed on 15 July, while the House version was passed on 16 July of which the Senate had announced the composition of its committee last week.
The seven-member committee set up by the Senate is dominated by senators who voted to subject the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and National Assembly before using electronic transmission of results.
The Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya, will lead the panel and other members are Kabiru Gaya (North-west), Ajibola Basiru (South-west), Danjuma Goje (North-east), Uche Ekwunife (South-east), Sani Musa (North-central) and Matthew Urhoghide (South-south).
One of the contentious issues in the bill is clause 52(3) of the bill.
The Senate version reads, “The commission may consider electronic transmission provided the national network coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and approved by the National Assembly.”
The House of Representative version reads, “The Commission may transmit results of elections by electronic means where and when practicable.”