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PDP lawmakers storm out as Reps pass electoral bill

The House of Representatives on Friday, passed the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, including the controversial Clause 52(2) as presented.

The clause gives power to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to determine when, where and how voting and transmission of results will be done.

“Voting at an election and transmission of result under this bill shall be in accordance with the procedure determined by the commission,” it read.

Several efforts to seek amendments to the clause had causes crisis in the House, forcing the lawmakers to spend two days on the exercise.

In the course of the consideration of the bill on electronic transmission of result, Minority Leader, Ndudi Elemelu had challenged a statement by the Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase, that section 52 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 order, the members of the opposition decided to walk out.

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