The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday reconsidered some clauses of the Electoral Act (as amended), especially the clause that empowers the Independent National Electoral Commission to determine the best way to transmit election results.
This followed the reversal, on Tuesday, of the Senate’s earlier decision that INEC may consider the electronic transmission of results “provided national [network] coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure” by the Nigerian Communications Commission and approved by the National Assembly.
Under a new amendment of Clause 52 (2) of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the Senate resolved that “voting at an election and transmission of results under this Bill shall be in accordance with the procedure determined by the Commission, which may include electronic voting”.
The Upper Chamber also approved that political parties seeking to nominate candidates for elections shall hold direct primaries for aspirants to all elective positions which will be monitored by INEC.
These were some of the resolutions reached on the floor after a heated debate on a motion by the Leader of the Senate, Yahaya Abdullahi.
Though Senators Smart Adeyemi and Shauibu Lau opposed direct primaries due to their huge cost, Abdulfatah Buhari, Adamu Aliero and Opeyemi Bamidele said it is the best means of selecting credible candidates while also giving party members a sense of belonging.
Recall that lawmakers had earlier rejected electronic transmission of results but INEC faulted the resolution stating that it has the capacity for electronic transmission of results.