Senate spokesperson and Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, has said that the reports by some sections of the Media that the Senate has rejected electronic transmission of election results is misleading.
Basiru made this disclosure while reacting to the report that the Senate rejected the electronic transfer of election results.
He further stated that misleading is the claim that APC Senators rejected electronic transmission of results.
Making the clarification in Abuja today, the Senate Spokesman, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru said what was in contention over which the Senate called for a division was the wording of Section 52 (3) of the proposed Electoral Act and not that results would not be transmitted electronically.
Dr. Basiru reacting to some publications said “Your report is misleading, Nobody rejected electronic transmission of results. What was voted against was the nebulous wordings of Section 52(3) as initially proposed.
The Senate spokesman said that Section 52 (3) as originally recommended provides that “The Commission may transmit results of elections by electronic means where and when practicable.”
He said the amendment agreed on eventually is ” The Commission may consider the electronic transmission of results provided the National Network Coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure by the National Communications Commission and approved by the National Assembly”
(Cambridge University Press, January, 2021) By Professor Damilola S. Olawuyi, SAN, FCIArb, Professor of Law and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti
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