PDP Lawmakers Strike Over Electoral Act Amendment Bill

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Lawmakers from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday staged a strike over Clause 52 of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

Leakblast.com reports that the opposition lawmakers insist that the clause was never carried.

Speaking to newsmen after the walkout, the PDP caucus had accused the leadership of the House of asking INEC not to show up at the plenary.

The PDP caucus also condemned the leadership for inviting a director of the National Communication Commission (NCC).

They also insist that they will disrupt the proceedings when the House resumes from recess.

The new amendment provides that INEC may consider electronic transmission so far as the national network coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure by the NCC and approved by the National Assembly.

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Speaking at the House of Reps on Friday, the Executive Commissioner of the NCC, Adeleke Adewolu told lawmakers that while concerns over the electronic transmission of results are genuine, no system can guarantee a 100 percent shield from hacking.

The NCC boss also stated that elections results can only be transmitted by a 3G network, noting that 50 percent of the country has 3G coverage.

He, however, explained that for areas without such coverage, poll results can be recorded and thereafter uploaded in places where there is a network.

But Adeleke admitted that this cannot be compared with the real-time upload.

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