Constitution Review: Reps To Vote Today After NIGCOMSAT Installs Electronic Voting Machine

House of RepsThe House of Representatives in Abuja on Tuesday suspended voting on the constitution review report  in order to perfect the efficiency of the electronic voting machine (EVM).

The voting was deferred to Wednesday to enable the electronic platform to be properly energised.

The electronic voting machine is being installed by the Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd. (NIGCOMSAT).

The House had exhaustively considered all the items in the report on July 18 and resolved to vote on them on July 23.

However, the vote could not take place due to the inefficiency of the electronic voting machine in the chambers.

Announcing the deferment of the vote, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, apologised and pleaded with Nigerians to be patient and allow the assembly to install a perfect voting system.

He explained that the assembly chose to use the EVM because “there is nothing like manipulation in the voting process.’’

The speaker promised that efforts were being made to perfect the working of the machine.

He said that the house wanted to perfect the system so as to give Nigerians a satisfactory result.

“I seek the understanding of every Nigerian; we have decided to allow the system to work perfectly.

“What is worth doing is worth doing well, we want to take this process in a very transparent manner,” he said.

The speaker brought the Director-General of NIGCOMSAT, Mr Ahmed Rufai, into the chambers to brief the legislators on the state of the EVM installation.

In his remark, Rufai gave an assurance that his organization would install a perfect electronic voting system that would produce credible and transparent results for Nigerians on the constitution review report.

(NAN)

 

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  • IF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE ARE NOW ASSUARING NIGERIANS THAT ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEM IS EFFICIENT AND TRANSPARENT IN THE PROCESS OF CONSTITUTION REVIEW, THEY SHOULD ALSO ALLOW FOR EVS IN THE 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS SO THAT IT CAN ALSO BE TRANSPARENT, ACCEPTABLE FREE AND FAIR. IT SHOULD BE ENPOWERED IN THE ELECTORAL ACT.

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