After being initiatially very uncomfortable with electronic transmission of election results, the National Assembly is currently receiving praises for yielding to the popular wish of the electorate. Northern Youths Leaders Forum (NYLF) says the federal legislators have done well for embracing e-voting.
The group’s President, Elliot Afiyo, in a statement said, ‘’the Senate has bowed to pressure from the public and NYLF on electronic transmission of election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), where and when practicable as it has rescinded its earlier decision.
“We want to thank all the lawmakers from the North, especially Senator Danjuma Goje for taking this decision which will greatly promote good governance and further entrench our democracy’’, pointing out that last week, it threatened federal lawmakers from the North that they will be recalled if they fail to support electronic transmission of results.
“We are happy that they listened to us and did the needful. This decision is one of the best things that have happened to NIgeria’s democracy”, the group said.
The group said that it is also expected that the Senate will do justice to the electoral Amendment Act concerning other aspects that will guarantee fair, free and transparent elections in the country.
The Senate on Tuesday after months of criticism over electronic transmission of election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), agreed in principle that results can be transmitted electronically where and when practicable.
The decision is listed in the Order Paper of the Senate read, ” Relying on order 1(b) and 53( b) of Senate Standing Order accordingly resolves to rescind its decision on the affected Clauses of the Bill as passed and re- commit same to the Committee of the Whole for Consideration and passage.”