The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed why some lawmakers voted against the electronic transmission of election results.
Speaking with reporters in Abuja on Tuesday, Gbajabiamila said that those who voted against electronic transmission believe that their constituents would be disenfranchised.
The speaker added that the House voted to allow the electoral body to have the discretion to determine how they want to do it.
He, however, urged the citizens not to blame lawmakers who were against the electronic transmission of election results and those in support of it.
He said: “Those who voted against electronic transmission believe that their constituents would be disenfranchised and you cannot blame me for that.
“Because I am not disenfranchised does not mean I should look dispassionately at what the other person is saying and those who voted for it believe that their constituents would not be disenfranchised.”
The speaker also advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to work together to conduct credible elections in the country.
He also called on Nigerians to await the recommendation of both INEC and the NCC on the issue.
“INEC is empowered by our laws and the constitution to conduct elections and NCC has the mandate in terms of technology and capacity and all of that. So they need to work together for us to have credible elections,” he said.
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