The legislation is seeking to repeal and re-enact the 2010 electoral act, which has been under consideration for years.
During the clause-by-clause consideration of the bill, Sabi Abdullahi, deputy senate whip, proposed that the NCC must certify that national coverage is adequate and secure, while the national assembly must approve before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) can transmit election results electronically.
But Albert Bassey, senator representing Akwa Ibom north-east, kicked against the motion and said the initial proposal made by the committee should be retained.
“The commission may transmit results of elections by electronic means where and when practicable,” section 50(3) of the report reads.
This led to a rowdy session which lasted about 20 minutes.
After the rowdiness and the use of a “division” voting method, the senate eventually retained Abdullahi’s amendment after a 52-28 vote.
Twenty-eight legislators were absent.
While the ‘NO’ vote was to empower NCC determine e-transmission of electoral results, the ‘YES’ was to retain the aforementioned section 50(3) as recommended by the committee.
All APC senators on the floor voted “NO”.
Here is how they voted:
|Robert Ajayi Boroffice||NO|
|Nora Ladi Dadu’ut||NO|
|Isa Shuaibu Lau||NO|
|Bomai Ibrahim Mohammed||NO|
|Ahmed Baba Kaita||NO|
|Musa Mohammed Sani||NO|
|Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi||NO|
|Suleiman Abdu Kwari||NO|
|Orji Uzor Kalu||NO|
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