Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Senate overturns self, approves e-Transmission of results by INEC - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to overturn its earlier decision which subjected the Independent National Electoral Commission to seek approval from the Nigerian Communications Commission before it could transmit elections results electronically, reports 

Although INEC had insisted that it does not have to rely on NCC judgement to ascertain the ability to transmit election results electronic.
Also, the Upper chamber voted in support of the conduct of party primaries only by direct method.

The Bill is entitled, “Recommittal of amended clauses of a bill for an Act to repeal the Electoral Bill 2021 and enact the Electoral Act 2021.”

Equally CKN reports that the Senate had in July, during consideration of a report on 2010 Electoral Act (Amendment ) Bill 2021 submitted by its Committee on INEC, amended clause 52(3) as recommended.

While the clause as presented by the committee in the report said INEC can transmit election results electronically where and when practicable, the Senate passed the amended version which stated “INEC can transmit election results electronically subject to confirmation of the NCC based on adequacy and security of national network.”

In addition, the House of Representatives at the same time, adopted the clause as originally recommended by committees of both Chambers on INEC.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor with additional reports from CKN

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