By Michael Paul
The President of the Senate on Wednesday constituted a seven-member conference committee to meet with the House of Representatives team to iron out the contentious aspects of the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill.
The Senate president named Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya as the Leader of the committee.
Other members of the Senate committee are, Kabiru Gaya (North-West), Ajibola Basiru (South-West), Danjuma Goje (North-East), Uche Ekwunife (South-East), Sani Musa (North-Central), and Mathew Urhoghide (South-South).
The two Chambers had passed the Electoral Act Bill without agreement on the mode of transmission of election results.
While the Senate’s version of the Bill stipulates that INEC has to get clearance from the Nigerian Communication Commission(NCC) with approval from the Senate that there is sufficient mobile network coverage to transmit results electronically, the House’s version provided that INEC can transmit election results electronically where and when practicable.
A close observation of the seven-member committee members revealed that only one of them (Urhoghide) voted in support of the electronic transmission of results when there was a division on the issue.
Ekwunife was not available to cast her vote while the remaining four voted against the electronic transmission of results until the Independent National Electoral Commission got approval from the Nigerian Communication Commission and the National Assembly.