The major opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described as ‘shocking, the rejection of electronic transmission of election results by the Senate.
According to PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the majority of Nigerians were unhappy that the upper legislative chamber gave no condition for rejecting the demand for the electronic transmission of election results.
He accused the Senate’s decision of undermining Nigeria’s electoral process, describing it as a defilement of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
Ologbondiyan added that the 1999 Constitution gave only INEC, independence to conduct elections, free from interferences and regulations from any other agency of government.
He said “it is outrageous that the APC-led Senate, in the bid to annex the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), sought to route a statutorily independent commission to the approval of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) before conducting elections.
“The decision of the APC Senators therefore amounts to a suspension of the 1999 constitution (as amended) which is a recipe for crisis that could derail our democracy and destabilize our nation.”
Ologbondiyan lauded the PDP Senators for voting for unconditional electronic transmission of results..