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House Of Representatives Amend Electoral Act Despite PDP Disapproval

The Nigeria House of Representatives has passed the Electoral Amendment Bill after opposition lawmakers left the National Assembly Chambers in disagreement.

This is coming after the Senate also passed the long-awaited Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 on Thursday at the floor of the house.

The lower chamber by this have removed the controversial section 52(3) of the bill that deals with the electronic transmission of election results.

Opposition lawmakers mostly from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) left the session as they insisted that the clause will remain.

The new amendment provided says INEC will be able to consider electronic transmission so far as the national network coverage is okay and secured by Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) and approved by the National Assembly.

According to the lawmakers, this is to ensure fairness and inclusiveness in the electorates, particularly people who are living in rural areas, an all-inclusive provision must be accommodated in the Electoral Act to protect their participation and votes during elections.

On Thursday, the Green Chamber failed to reach a consensus over the much-debated clause after the Deputy Speaker, Idris Wale ruled against the electronic transmission of election results even though many lawmakers voted in favour of the move.

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