OrderPaperToday – Nigeria’s House of Representatives took its operations steps higher, with a test run of the long installed electronic voting (e-voting) device during plenary on Wednesday.
Mounted in front of each member at their designated seats, with the control panel on his table; Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila called for a test run of the devices at the commencement of sitting.
The process ran smoothly with results electronically displayed on the control panel once the ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ or ‘abstain’ buttons were punched on their devices by members.
The e-voting system as it is fondly called was consequently put to use in the adoption of Bills and Motions discussed at the plenary. Following its use for voting, only a couple of hitches were noticed and technicians on the ground promptly attended to them.
After a successful test run, Gbajabiamila announced that the use of the device will be perfected over time. This, he says is in readiness for the all-important vote on the Amended 1999 Constitution, scheduled for the next two weeks.
Adoption of the Amended Constitution through majority support by members will pave the way for the transmission of the document to the State Houses of Assembly.
The amendment would require two-thirds majority adoption by all the State Assemblies for it to become operational.