The decision to use the electronic means of transmission by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Election Day has caused uproar on the floor of the Senate on Thursday. Chaos started when the red chamber attempted to amend Clause 52 (3) of the new Electoral Act.
The joint National Assembly Committee on INEC and Electoral Matters has recommended that INEC should reserve the power to transmit results by electronic means on Election Day.
The Senator representing Niger North, Sabi Abdullahi said that the power to determine the viability of electronic transmission should be saddled with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) with the approval of the National Assembly.
There was confusion and commotion when the Senate President Ahmed Lawan put the amends sought by Abdullahi to voice vote and he ruled in favor of the Niger Senator.
Lawan’s action further fueled the anger of many senators, mostly from the southern part of the country and this led to a stalemate that lasted over 20 minutes. The development forced the Senate President to call for a closed session.