OrderPaperToday – Following the back and forth of the method of voting to be used for the election of principal officers for the Senate, the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, has approved closed ballot voting system.
This is contrary to a court order reportedly issued by an Abuja High court on Monday ruling for 2011 standing order to be used.
2011 standing order allows open ballot voting system while the 2015 provides for a closed ballot voting pattern.
Upon the announcement of the approved voting pattern, the chamber went into a rowdy session with Senator Dino Melaye at the top of his voice.
Sani-Omolori responded saying, “No question is entertained, no motion be raised. My answer is No. We are here for a fundamental constitutional issue. I have not received any court order. I will not entertain any question.”
He directs the Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh to commence with the roll call.
The roll call has just been concluded while voting is expected to proceed as at the time of filing the report.