OrderPaperToday – Ahead of its voting on the Report of the Constitution Review Committee, the Senate has outlined the procedure for clause-by-clause consideration of bills seeking to amend the 1999 Constitution.
Laying the ground rules, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said 68 documents in all harmonized by both chambers of the National Assembly will be considered for voting.
He said Ovie Omo-Agege, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution and Deputy Senate President, will present the report upon which comments will be made by interested Senators.
Lawan said an electronic mode of voting will be adopted with the automated card of members serving as voting cards.
He added that the voting instruments have been tested and ready for the exercise.
For a bill to pass through, it needs 88 votes which are four-fifths of the 109 Senators or 73 votes which is two-thirds of Senators.
“If a bill passes in the Senate and also in the House of Representatives, such bill must have passed the authorization of the National Assembly and will be transmitted to state Assemblies for concurrence.
“But if a bill passes here in the Senate and fails in the House of Representatives, it is dead. And vice – versa.”
The Senate is considering other matters on the Order Paper in order to buy time to allow for the adequate number of senators needed to commence voting.