Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria’s former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, has commended the resolution of the disagreement between the National Assembly and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on electronic transmission of election results.
A press statement by the media office of the former Vice President on Tuesday, said that the harmonization of positions between the two institutions is an indication that Nigeria’s democracy is growing and getting stronger.
Atiku also commended individuals and groups particularly the various pro-democracy advocacy groups that participated in the public discourse on the controversial issue, noting:
By this outcome, I am convinced that public institutions in Nigeria will continue to play their roles as guardians of public policy.
The civil societies are the watchdogs of public policies and the institutions. Probably, we would not have come to this path without the active engagement of the civil society agents. This outcome should further encourage Nigerians and the civil society to do more in order to guarantee good governance in the country.
The Senate, during plenary, on Tuesday, passed a bill to rescind its decision which subjected the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to seek approval from the Nigerian Communications Commission before it could transmit elections results electronically.
The upper chamber also voted in support of the conduct of party primaries only by direct method.
The Bill is titled, “Recommittal of amended clauses of a Bill for an Act to repeal the Electoral Bill 2021 and enact the Electoral Act 2021.”
Recall that the Senate had in July, during consideration of a report on 2010 Electoral Act ( Amendment ) Bill 2021, submitted by its Committee on INEC, amended clause 52(3) as recommended.