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Speaker Gbajabiamila introduces E-voting for lawmakers

Femi Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, has revealed that the lawmakers in the lower chamber would start using electronic voting from Wednesday.

According to him while speaking at the opening of plenary on Tuesday, he was introducing e-voting as part of the reforms under his leadership.

Read his statement below in part as obtained by Naija Buzz News

“In front of you on your seats, you have little panels that we installed. This is in keeping with some of the reforms we have talked about, that Nigerians will see. By tomorrow, I expect it to be fully operational. The whole system is based on the fact that we will soon now be having e-voting in this chamber.

“Now, this will not be applicable to all motions and bills because we have several of them. For those that we consider important and of significance, we will be adopting the e-voting system. We don’t need your voting cards anymore, you only need to press a button; and it tells you who voted, which side they voted for.

“This is for the purpose of accountability which we have promised Nigerians. Everybody needs to be accountable to their constituents, to make sure we are doing exactly what they asked us to come and do here. So, I am glad to announce that progress has been made. I believe that by tomorrow, everything will be fully operational,” the speaker said.

“Secondly, the building and the premises are now fully wi-fi enabled. So, it will be more convenient for members, especially those who want to do their research both in the offices and around the offices, moving forward from today,” Gbajabiamila added.

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