By Orkula Shaagee, Abuja
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila has announced that the green chambers would commence electronic voting during plenary today.
Gbajabiamila made the announcement at the commencement of plenary yesterday after two weeks of recess by members.
He said that the e-voting system would only be applied on some selected national issues to determine accuracy.
“The e-voting system will not be applied on all bills and motion but some selected national issues for accuracy,” he said.
The Speaker said that the system would ensure transparency and accountability as it would determine who voted for or against any national issue.
“Progress has been made and by tomorrow it will be fully operational,” Gbajabiamila said.
The speaker also disclosed that corridors and surroundings of the National Assembly Complex is now Wi-Fi enabled to aid legislators to carry-out research at all times from all locations
Meanwhile, Gbajabiamila said on Monday that part of what the federal lawmakers need “to have a robust legislature” is a fully-equipped standard library.
“So, we will be needing your intervention in this regard. We will need to make the house fully IT compliant also,” he told Mustapha.
“And how do you work if you don’t have these things on your fingertips? ”And your office is very critical to actualising these legislative agenda that we have set for ourselves.”
Gbajabiamila, however, said that as part of the reforms of the lower legislative chamber, efforts had been made to upgrade the internet connectivity within the area.
“I’m glad to announce that by tomorrow when we resume sitting, one of our reforms would have been in place; the chamber now is more or less 80 per cent I.T. compliant,” he said.