Reps defer consideration of constitution review report to test run electronic voting device

Reps defer consideration of constitution review report to test run electronic voting device

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday differed  consideration of report of the Ad hoc Committee on Constitution Review to test run the electronic voting device.

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Thirty minutes after the closed door session at about 1:35p.m., the lawmakers had to wait for an hour before the device became functional during plenary presided by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

There was confusion as the manual head count of lawmakers in attendance was 260, but the electronic device recorded 257.

The development forced Dogara to take a roll call of members in the hallowed chamber of the House in order to ascertain the exact number of lawmakers present.

The Nigerian Pilot reports that the House ad hoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution led by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Yussuff Lasun, had submitted report on the proposed items for amendment on July 20.

Among the 27 items recommended for amendment are; Composition of members of the Council of States, Authorisation of Expenditure, Devolution of Powers, and Financial Autonomy of State Legislature.

Others include Distributable Pool Account, Local Government, State Creation and Boundary Adjustment, The Legislature, and Reduction of Age for Election among others.

At about 2:50p.m, the electronic device recorded 272.

The situation eventually compelled the speaker to inform the lawmakers who were already agitated to shift further test run of the electronic device till Thursday.

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