The Senate has reversed itself over the electronic transmission of election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), according to its spokesperson, Ajibola Basiru.
However, the two chambers of the National Assembly have passed different version of the sections 43, 52, 63 and 87 of the Electoral Act of electronic transmission of results.
While the Senate says INEC must obtain permission of Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) and the National Assembly before deploying technology during elections, the House version has granted the electoral agency persmission to use its discretion.
Many Nigerians chided the Senate. INEC also said the version passed by the Senate would compromise its independence.
The INEC insisted it had the capacity to transmit election results across the country.
At plenary yesterday, the Senate examined the recommendations of the Conference Committee of both chambers which dumped the version of the amendment Act earlier passed by the Senate.
The Senate in plenary through voice vote okayed e-transmission of results by the electoral commission.