The House of Representatives has begun test-running of the electronic voting device ahead of the constitution amendment voting.
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila told members at plenary that the vote of every member of the House must count during the upcoming voting on bills to further amend the 1999 Constitution.
“Every vote must count because it is serious business.
“Our constituents must know how we voted on issues and this will have to be open to the public”, he stated.
Gbajabiamila spoke during plenary of the House on Wednesday in Abuja, as he asked members to test-run the electronic voting device in the chamber.
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He explained that this was in preparation for the voting on the constitution amendment bills soon to be done by the House.
Due to the serious nature of the constitution amendment, the vote of every member is counted as against the usual ‘ayes’ or ‘nays’ voice voting during regular House sittings.
By the provisions of Section 9 of the constitution, a bill seeking to amend the constitution must secure the vote of two-thirds (240) of the 360 members of the House, to pass.
This underscores the Speaker’s decision to prepare the members ahead of the exercise by test-running the electronic voting device on Wednesday.
The test-running was largely successful except for a few members, who complained that their devices didn’t boot properly.
The speaker advised the affected members to send their names to the clerk of the House for immediate remedy.
Voting on a number of motions was done electronically on Wednesday to certify the system okay for the constitution amendment voting in a few days.