By Atinuke Tokura Nukay/TnTv Network
The House of Representatives on Thursday says it will invite the Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu and the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) Prof Umar Danbatta to appear before the green Chamber on 16th June, 2021 to better explain on whether the electronic transmission of voting results is the way forward or not.
Reverting to plenary, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila ruled that the House which ought to had gone for its annual long recess on Thursday says continue tomorrow Friday where the both the INEC Chairman and EVC, NCC will be both present. Clause 50-54 which entails the electronic transmission of votes has been a bone of contention in the House following the report consideration done by the deputy speaker, Ahmed Idris.
While most lawmakers from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) insisted on electronic transmission of results in the general elections, some members of the ruling All Progressive Congress APC opppsed it and advised that both manual and electronic transmission should be allowed.The argument lasted for hours without a final consideration of the report.
The house however adjourned till Friday 16, July 2020 by 10am following a rowdy session that was experienced during the Clause by Clause consideration of the Electoral Act amendment.