Reps Summon INEC, NCC Over Electoral Bill Passage

The Speaker of the House of Represenaives, Femi Gbajabiamila has adjourned the plenary on Friday following the stalemate in the passage of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill.

The green chamber of the National Assembly had summoned the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu; and Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta to brief the house on the implication of having election results transmitted electronically.

The House spent about two hours on clause 52(2) of the bill as several attempts to have it amended were overruled by the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, who presided over the Committee of the Whole to consider the clauses of the bill.

Wase overruled the voice vote on the electronic transmission of election results, turning the chamber into rowdiness.

While the ayes were more than the nays, he ruled that the nays had it, forcing many members to rise in protest against the ruling.

Several lawmakers had dashed towards where he was seated, forcing the sergeants-at-arms to secure the mace and the Deputy Speaker.

The clause, however, caused a division in the House for several hours forcing the speaker to take over from Wase and summoned the INEC and NCC bosses.

The Speaker then called for adjournment of plenary immediately.

But for the development, the House was to begin the two-month annual recess on Thursday.

Read the Source post on Independent Newspaper Nigeria.

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