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REPS IN ROWDY SESSION OVER ELECTORAL ACT BILL, ADOPT 3% PIB BILL FOR HOST COMM

REPS IN ROWDY SESSION OVER ELECTORAL ACT BILL, ADOPT 3% PIB BILL FOR HOST COMM

The House of Representatives went into another rowdy session today Friday as it resumed consideration of the Electoral Act Bill.

The House had suspended plenary and consideration of the Electoral Act Bill following disagreement among members on the mode of transmitting election results on Thursday.

It invited the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) to educate members on the implications and possibility of electronic transmission of results.

Shortly after officials of the NCC left the chamber, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila announced resumption of consideration of the report after digesting the comments of the NCC officials beginning from Clause 52.

However, Deputy Speaker Idris Wase, who presided over consideration of reports, skipped clause 52, forcing Deputy Minority Leader, Hon Toby Okechukwu to call for a point of order.

He drew the attention of the House to the fact that the issue in contention before consideration was suspended was the amendment to clause 52 and not the entire clause.

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He said recommendation of the Electoral Committee on Electoral Act Bill, which leaves the mode of transmission at the discretion of INEC was not voted on neither was a decision taken on the motion by Hon Kingsley Chinda.

But when Wase said there was no motion to that effect, the House became rowdy and some members were seen charging at one another, spoiling for a fight.

Also the House of Representatives today Friday adopted the conference Committee report on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), voting 3 percent for host communities in the oil- producing areas.

The consideration was stepped down on Thursday by the House following a rowdy session.

However as soon as members of the Minority caucus walked out of the Chamber, there were shouts of PIB, PIB, PIB by members.

The report was subsection submitted by Chief Whip, Hon Tahir Mongunu.

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila explained the laying of the conference report on the PIB followed rules of the House.

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According to him: “I need to explain the rationale behind the laying of this report. Yesterday, I stepped down the laying of this report so that we get to the Senate and see how it o resolve the issue.

“But unfortunately, by the time we got to the Senate, they had already resolved and taken a decision. So, there was nothing that we can do.

“It is left for us to deliberate on the report, accept it or reject it. This PIB will not go the same way of others. It is unfortunate that our Colleagues are not here. If there is any amendment to be done, that will be done in the future”.

Deputy Minority Whip, Hon Nkiruka made frantic but efforts to make the House suspend consideration of the report to no avail.

Urhobo Daily

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