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52 APC Senators Vote Against Electronic Transmission Of Results

 

All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators in the Senate on Thursday cast their votes  against electronic transmission of results.

 

This was after an APC senator from Niger State, Sabi Abdullahi  had proposed an amendment  to a Section 52(3) of the electoral act which said INEC “may transmit results of elections by electronic means where and when practicable.”

 

The proposed amendment was:  “INEC may consider electronic collation of results, provided the national network coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secured by the Nigerian Communications Commission and approved by the National Assembly.”

 

Senate President, Ibrahim Lawan,  had first ruled in favour of the amendment by conducting a  voice vote.

 

But  the senate was in disarray and  the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, called for a division which would require individual voting on the floor.

 

Lawan acceded to  the point of order  raised by Abaribe.

 

The outcome of the election showed that 52 APC senators, including the chairman of the Senate INEC committee, Kabiru Gaya, voted against the power  electronic transmission of results by INEC while the Peoples Democratic Party voted in favour of it.

 

Below is the breakdown of the votes on electronic transmission

AYES: 28

NAYS: 52

ABSENT: 28

ABSTAIN: 0

TOTAL VOTES: 80

TOTAL NO. OF REGISTERED SENATORS: 109

 

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