Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has expressed that the House will only consider the authentic report on the electoral act amendment bill when submitted by its committee.
He stated this on Tuesday amid the controversy generated by the removal of the provision for electronic transmission of election results from the committee’s report.
While moving a motion on the matter during Tuesday’s plenary session, Ugonna Ozuruigbo from Imo state stated that his constituents have been calling him to ensure the inclusion of electronic transmission of results in the final bill.
Responding to the lawmaker from Imo, Gbajabiamila stated that the lawmakers would vote on each clause of the committee’s report when it is submitted to the house.
“I really don’t want to speak to a report that has not been submitted to this house. We have procedures, time-tested,” he said.
“The committee has been given an assignment, they will do their work and present its report and house of as a whole will vote on that report clause by clause.
“Only the committee’s authentic report like it has always been, will take hold on the floor of the house, nothing more, nothing less.
“I have asked the chairman of that committee, she is not aware of any such. So it remains on the realm of speculations and we will be waiting until the committee submit its reports. Like I said that will be done before we close on the 14th (of July).”