The electronic transmission of election results; NASS coup against the people?

By: Abdull-Azeez Ahmed Kadir Nigeria’s electoral system reform is progressing. It has made some positive dramatic moves up the ladder of democratic tenets since 1999 when Nigeria returned to civil rule. But there are pundits who believe the progress should have been faster than what we have witnessed thus far. You may want to disagree with them. But the recent debate on the amendment of the electoral act, especially clause 52(2) of the bill that prescribes that the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC might adopt electronic voting and transmission of…

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Electoral Act Bill: PDP heads to court, insists on electronic transmission of results

…Says APC has murdered democracy…”We have capacity for electronic transmission in remote areas” – INEC The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), has vowed not allow the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) led National Assembly to “murder democracy” in Nigeria, vowing to head to court to challenge the decision of the senate to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from transmitting election results directly from polling units. Lawmakers in both chambers of the National Assembly had been at loggerheads over electronic transmission of results earlier in the week. The House was…

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Opposition lawmakers stage walkout as Reps pass Electoral Act without electronic transmission of election results

…Stops use of card readers The House of Representatives has passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, titled: “An Act to repeal the Electoral Act No. 6, 2010 and enact the Electoral Act 2021, to regulate the conduct of Federal, State and Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory elections; and for related matters“. This followed the adoption of a Motion by the majority leader of the House, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, that “amendments such as card reader, electronic and technological devices deleted”. The Motion, which was seconded by the chief whip Mohammed…

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Information blackout: NASS suspends Media Censorship Bill

The Nigeria Press Council (NPC) and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Amendment Bill, have been suspended by the House of representatives, Segun Odebunmi, a member has announced. Odebunmi, who is the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Information National Orientation Ethics and Values, told newsmen that the suspension is necessary for proper consultations over the Bill. “We have been on this process for a while and right now, we have suspended it for more consultation to happen on it,” he said. Media practitioners and operators have particularly criticised the bill,…

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NIA gets N4.87bn budget to track, intercept mobile calls, chat messages

The National Assembly has approved a N4.87bn budget for the National Intelligence Agency, (NIA), to track, intercept and monitor calls and messages on mobile devices, including Thuraya and WhatsApp. Picture caption: Amb-Ahmed-Rufai-of-NIA-and-Gen-Samul-Adebayo-of-DMI The amount is part of the N895.8bn supplementary budget submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari last month and approved by both chambers of the National Assembly last week, after increasing it by about N87bn. The Budget, according to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Barau Jibrin, is meant to procure equipment for the military and to fight further…

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CSOs protest at NASS, demand INEC independence, inclusion of e-voting in Electoral Act

…As Reps Southern caucus insist on electronic transmission of election result A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, (CSOs), under the aegis of ‘Alliance of CSOs for Expression of Electoral and Democratic Space’, yesterday stormed the National Assembly, protesting the exclusion of some provisions, such as electronic voting, financial autonomy for the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), and protection of people with disabilities, in the new Electoral Act. The aggrieved protesters were armed with placards, with inscriptions such as: “SaveOurElections #NigeriansDeserveFreeAndFairElection” and so on. The concerns raised by the CSOs followed the…

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Finally, National Assembly passes Petroleum Industry Bill

…Allocates 3% operating expenditure of oil firms to host communities History was made yesterday, as the National Assembly yesterday passed the Petroleum Industry Bill, also known as PIB, after more than a decade. The passage of the Bill comes exactly 13 years after it was first presented to the National Assembly in 2008. The Bill was passed during the plenary, after careful consideration of each of the clauses by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The House first passed the bill, before the Senate followed suit. The Senate,…

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PDP leaders storm NASS over Onochie’s nomination as INEC Commissioner

The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by the party National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus yesterday stormed the National Assembly to protest the appointment of Lauretta Onochie as one of the National Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC). According to reports, the list containing the name of Lauretta Onochie and five others for confirmation as INEC Commissioners had since been sent to the Senate Committee on INEC led by Senator Kabiru Gaya for clearance by President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan. President Buhari had in a…

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Self-determination: CNG sues NASS, asks court to order Biafra referendum

The Coalition of Northern Groups, (CNG), has filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to stop the National Assembly from taking any further action towards reviewing the Constitution unless the question of Nigeria’s unity, particularly the Biafra agitation was settled through a referendum. The court document marked FHC/ABJ/CS/538/2021 was dispatched for service on the Offices of the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Attorney-General of the Federation yesterday, according to a statement by the CNG. It was learnt that the leadership…

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National Assembly building roofs leak under heavy downpour

What could be described as a national embarrassment hit the parliament on Tuesday, as the 23-years-old National Assembly building gave way to a heavy downpour, which disrupted the activities in the upper chamber. The massive downpour caused leakage in the roof of the “White House”, which housed the two chambers of the National Assembly building. The development rendered many lawmakers stranded for some minutes before the rain subsided. The lobby of the Assembly was practically impassable at 11 a.m, as cleaners were immediately mobilised to divert the water and clean…

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