IN clear unanimity, stakeholders across all divides, yesterday, hailed the National Assembly on inclusion of electronic transmission of election results in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill and urged President Muhammadu to immediately sign the bill into law as soon as he gets it.
However, the stakeholders were split on imposition of direct primaries on political parties as the mode of choosing candidates for elections.
The Senate on Tuesday, made a u-turn on its earlier position that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, could only transmit election results electronically with the approval of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.
Now, if the new Electoral Bill is transmitted to President Buhari and is assented into law, INEC is empowered to transmit election results electronically as it pleases without recourse to the NCC.
The move drew cheers in the polity, yesterday, with Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, saying without electronic transmission of results, his re-election in September 2020 would have been aborted.