Senate Makes U-Turn, Okays E-Transmission Of Election Results

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The Senate, on Tuesday, bowed to pressure from members of the public by rescinding its earlier decision to oppose the electronic transmission of election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

VANTAGE NEWS had reported that the senate, especially members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) came under heavy criticism after voting against the electronic transmission of election results.

The senate had argued that INEC could only transmit election results with the approval of telecoms regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.

However, the Senate on Tuesday deleted the controversial clause 52(3) of the 2021 Electoral Bill that subjected transmission of election results by INEC to NCC’s confirmation.

The Senate had passed the amended version saying “INEC can transmit election results electronically subject to confirmation of Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC, of adequacy and security of national network.”

VANTAGE NEWS reports that the Senate also approved that political parties in Nigeria should adopt direct primaries to choose candidates for all elective positions and shall be monitored by the INEC.

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