Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has introduced electronic voting system in the conduct of activities of the House.
Dogara had last Thursday announced the adoption of the e-voting system, saying it was in compliance with the 8th Assembly legislative agenda.
Following this development, forms had been distributed to individual members to collate their data ahead of production of e-voting cards to all the 360 lawmakers.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the implication of the new system is that records of each member’s punctuality and voting patterns can easily be accessed by his/her constituents and members of the public.
Shortly after adopting the legislative agenda, Dogara hinted that, “The 8th House will commit to the use of ICT in the daily conduct of legislative activities of the House. E-parliament and e-voting platforms will be made a regular feature of the House.
“E-voting will be used regularly during voting to properly reflect voting records of members and parliamentary accountability. The House shall collaborate with relevant stakeholders to achieve the goal of an e-parliament”.
The speaker said the e-parliament initiative would operate on the platform of a modern and up-to-date digital technology and stressed that internet and intranet access supported by computerized legislative information management system would be put in place.
He, however, revealed that other initiatives that will be introduced include: the establishment and equipping of a Parliamentary Information Centre where information and documents of the National Assembly would be made available.
Dogara explained that the initiative would further increase citizens’ access to the legislature and solve the problem of public access to authentic documents of parliament.


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