Electoral Act: Reps in rowdy session over e-voting, result transmission

The House of Representatives has been thrown into a rowdy session over perceived misjudgement of members’ votes on the proposed electronic voting and transmission of results.

The consideration of the Electoral Act amendment report was smoothly progressing until clause 52 on the report was mentioned, when Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu proposed an amendment to the effect that the “conduct of election and transmission of results shall be done electronically”.

Same proposal was seconded by Deputy Whip, Nkiruka Onyejeocha, after which Deputy Speaker Idris Wase who chairs the committee of the whole put question for voice votes.

His ruling that the “nays have it” against the thunderous ayes instantly threw the House into uproar.

Details soon…

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