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The Much Embattled Electoral Bill Has Been Passed And E-transmission Of Results Adopted By The House Of Reps.

The Nigeria House of Representatives has passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill after much rancour on 16th July 2021.

Reps adopted the controversial electronic and manual transmission of results where applicable.

It was gathered that the minority caucus- PDP, staged a walkout shortly before the Bill was passed.

On Friday, 16th July 2021, the House was informed that about 49% of polling units in the country are without a network by the Nigeria communication commission, NCC, Ubala Maska, the NCC commissioner of technical services-, said the commission carried out a survey in 2018 of all the polling units in Nigeria.

Maska and three others represented the NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Umar Danbatta.

Maska revealed that 40% are with 2G while 10% are without a network at all, noting that only 3G and above can transmit results.

In the course of the consideration, the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu has challenged a statement by the Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase, on section 52 that was passed on Thursday.

Elumelu argued that the section was not passed on Thursday hence, no need for any rescission.

When the Deputy Speaker insisted and ruled Elumelu out of the order, the members of the opposition decided to walk out.

Chiamaka Judith Alum
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