SENATE INAUGURATION: Commotion over voting process to adopt

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The Nigerian Senate has commenced the process of electing its principal officers and inauguration of the 9th Senate.

The event however started with commotion and arguments over the process that will be adopted in electing the leaders.

Members were heard shouting from different corners of the hallowed chamber, the process they want to be adopted.

While some were in favour of open ballot system, others were clamouring for a secret ballot system.

The commotion started after Mohammed Sani-Omolori, clerk of the National Assembly, ended the reading of the proclamation of President Muhammadu Buhari for the inauguration of the lawmakers.

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A question was immediately thrown at him from a member at the floor over the process that will be adopted in voting. The lawmaker had cited a ruling of an Abuja Federal High Court which ordered the lawmakers to adopt an open ballot system.

The court had ordered the lawmakers not to follow the 2015 amended Standing Order of the Senate which annulled open ballot system of voting.

But, in his response the Clerk said he only heard of the court order but was yet to receive any document in respect to it.

He reminded the lawmakers that the only business in the agenda of the day’s event is the inauguration of the Senate, saying he would not entertain any motion.

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