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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 13th October, 2021 Edition)

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Senate Bows To Pressure, Empowers INEC To Decide On E-Transmission Of Results

After months of bashings from the public over resolution on electronic transmission of election results, the Senate on Tuesday rescinded its decision.

The Senate had in July passed the Electoral Act Amendment bill with provisions which allowed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to transmit election results electronically after getting green light on network coverage from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and approval from the National Assembly.

The bill, as passed by the House of Representatives, gives INEC the sole power to transmit results of elections by electronic means “where and when practicable”. Since then, the Senate has been in the eye of the storm which made it to rescind the decision.

Zamfara Assembly Suspends Lawmakers ‘For Working With Bandits’

The Zamfara state House of Assembly has suspended two lawmakers over their alleged ties to bandits. The lawmakers – Yusuf Muhammad, Anka representing Anka Constituency, and Ibrahim T. Tukur Bakura, representing Bakura constituency – were suspended for three months.

According to the Director General Press Affairs and Public Relations of the Assembly, Mustapha Jafaru Kaura, the lawmakers will stay off the assembly pending the conclusion of investigations on the allegation leveled against them.

“They are also to appear before the House Committee on ethics and privileges in conjunction with security agencies that are assigned by law to investigate them. These are part of the resolutions reached just now at the House plenary presided over the speaker of the House Rt Hon Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya under matters of urgent public importance,” Kaura said.

Electoral Bill: PDP, Others Kick As Senate Adopts Direct Primaries

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) have kicked against the Senate’s adoption of direct primaries for political parties in the country.

Barely three months after passing the Electoral Bill, the Senate amended it to empower the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to determine the procedure for the transmission of results during general elections. It also approved direct primaries for aspirants to all elective positions. The Red Chamber had, in July, passed the bill with provisions that allowed INEC to transmit election results electronically after getting the green light on network coverage from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and approval from the National Assembly.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the passage as a retrogressive provision that sought to wipe off all the gains achieved in the electoral practice since 1999. The party also said the decision by the APC-controlled Senate was a “humongous blow” to the development of democratic norms and “a plot to introduce anarchy” during internal party elections “as currently obtainable in the APC.” Similarly, the National Secretary of CUPP, Peter Ameh, said direct or indirect primaries should be left at the discretion of the leadership of political parties.

Nigeria’s Women Representation In Leadership World’s Lowest – UN

The United Nations (UN) has ranked Nigeria lowest in the sub-Saharan Africa and the world in the area of allowing or allocation of elective and leadership positions to Nigerian women in the country.

The international organization, therefore, demanded that not less than 50 per cent representation of women in the elective positions in the 2023 general elections.

Angela Muruli, the Programme Analyst of UN Women, disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday during an interview with journalists at the training programme, experience sharing and inauguration of the Network of Young Women in Politics. Muruli said it was important for women in Nigeria to be involved in politics because when women are involved in leadership, they make decisions that benefit the whole society as the society is not just men.

Governor’s Convoy Held Hostage As ‘IPOB Militants’ Disrupt APGA Campaign In Anambra

Gunmen suspected to be militants of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) held the convoy of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State hostage on Tuesday.

The incident happened as the attackers disrupted the campaign rally of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) at Odata Secondary School in Ihiala Local Government Area of the State. “The governor’s convoy was held for about one hour, while there were gunshots all over,” a resident told Daily Trust.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed that there was attack in Ihiala.

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