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BREAKING: Senate makes U-turn, adopts electronic transmission of election results

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The legislators during a seating, Tuesday reversed decision of the recently-passed Electoral Amendment Bill,  rejecting plans by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to electronically transmit outcomes of elections.

The U-turn of the Senate followed the re-committal of some clauses of the Electoral Act 2010 to the Committee of the Whole.

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Recall in July, the lawmakers refused to adopt Committee’s report, which had accredited digital transmission of results by INEC. The House of Representatives, however, permitted it.

The house on Tuesday stated that after critical checks of the Bill by the Senate Committee on INEC, some elementary points which need fresh legislative action on clauses 43, 52, 63 and 87, had been noticed.

Desirous of the necessity to tackle the observations by the panel and make essential amendments, and counting on Order 1(b) and 53(6) of the Senate Standing Order, accordingly agreed to rescind its resolution on the noted clauses of the Bill as passed and re-commit same to the Committee of the Whole for consideration and passage, Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi said while moving the motion.

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