House of Representative adopts electronic-voting system
Written by Morenike Adebayo on June 1, 2016
The House of Representatives has adopted the use of electronic voting system in the conduct of its legislative activities, as part of efforts to ensure transparency. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who disclosed, said the adoption of the system is in tandem with the legislative goals of the eighth National Assembly.
Dogara said paper works have been dispatched to all the three hundred and sixty lawmakers in the House for collation of data needed for production of their e-voting cards. For long, the National Assembly has been criticized for using the “highly-manipulative” manual voting system in which members either shout ‘aye’ or ‘nay’ while voting, to support or oppose an issue on the floor. Dogara said the modern voting system makes provisions for easy scrutiny of members’ voting records, patterns and punctuality by their constituents.