Senate Bows to Public Outcry, Empowers INEC on Electronic Transmission of Results

 

After months of public outcry over the resolution of the upper chamber on electronic transmission of election results by INEC to be determined by the Nigeria Communications commission subject to approval by the National Assembly, the Senate Tuesday rescind its decision .

 

The Senate had in July during consideration of report on 2010 Electoral Act ( Amendment ) Bill 2021 submitted by its Commitee on INEC, amended clause 52(3) as recommended.

 

While the clause as presented by the committee in the report , says INEC can transmit election results electronically where and when practicable , the Senate passed the amended version which says ” INEC can transmit election results electronically subject to confirmation of Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) for adequate Network .

 

The House of Representatives at the time adopted the clause as originally recommended by committees of both Chambers on INEC .

 

Since this resolution , the Senate has received criticism from civil society groups and Well meaning Nigerians mandating the lawmakers to reverse it’s decision which led to the decision of the upper house to bow to pressure to amend the controversial clause of 52(3).

 

With this new amendment, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has the constitutional mandate to determine transmission of election results.

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