Buhari submits names of Abia, Imo, Ondo NDDC nominees to Senate
President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate, requesting confirmation of new nominees for the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Senate President Bukola Saraki read the letter during plenary on Thursday.
The nominees are Lucky Omirisan from Ondo State, Hon. Chuka from Imo State and Mr Nwogu N. Nwogu from Abia State.
They are to replace those earlier rejected after investigations by the Senate.
Meanwhile, Senate has passed amendments to the Electoral Act 2010, approving the use of electronic voting in future elections.
It also approved that election results should be electronically transmitted to collation centers.
The passage of bill followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on a Bill for an Act to amend the Electoral Act No. 6, 2010 and for other related matters (SB 231 and SB 234).
The new bill include provision for the use of electronic voting by INEC during future elections, use of Card Reader and also gives INEC power to modify the voting process if there is a challenge.
The Senate also approved a provision to enable INEC transmit the result of elections electronically in an encrypted and secured manner to prevent hacking.
The amended Electoral Act provides that if a candidate dies before results of elections are declared, the results will not only remain valid but belongs to the political party that lost its candidate.
It also added that in such a scenario, the INEC should suspend the elections for 21 days during which period the affected political party will conduct fresh primaries to choose a new candidate.
The Bill also gives political parties power to adopt direct or indirect primaries in choosing their flag bearers, while qualification of disqualification of candidates for elections will be solely based on the Constitution.