- The Senate Committee on Electoral Matters said that it is working towards improvement
The Senate has vowed to make it compulsory for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to transmit election results electronically.
The Senate Committee on Electoral Matters said that it is working towards this improvement.
Chairman of the Committee, Senator Sharafadeen Alli, told Channels TV on Tuesday that the current law does not mandate the electoral umpire to transmit results online.
However, he assured that there will soon be a law which will come through the amendment of the existing law.
He said, “That is one of the things that we are going to do. Under the current law, it is not mandatory for INEC to upload results, that is what the court has said.
“But as we are going forward, it is going to be mandatory.”
“We are looking at the development of technology, improvement of technology because a lot of Nigerians were disappointed when the use of the IReV didn’t work, but going forward, we will try to ensure INEC does something about that,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District, Abba Moro, on Tuesday, emerged Senate Minority leader.
Moro, a two term Senator on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was nominated by the opposition party in the red Chamber and was subsequently affirmed.
He took over from Senator Simon Davou Mwadkwon representing Plateau North Senatorial District who was removed by the Appeal Court.
Earlier, the Senate had zoned the Minority leader to the North Central. Senator Mwadkwon, though a first timer to the Senate, was nominated by the minority caucus.
The newly elected Minority leader was a former Minister of Interior during the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration.