Voting on the Constitution Amendment bills has commenced at the National Assembly.
The two-day exercise is being done electronically.
Lawmakers are voting on 68 Constitution Amendment bills.
Some of the bills include a bill for an Act to Alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Provide for the Financial Independence of State Houses of Assembly and State Judiciary; and for Related Matters.
Another bill listed is the bill for an Act to Alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to compel persons to obey or comply with Legislative Summons; and for Related Matters.
Meanwhile, Dolapo Osinbajo, the wife of the Vice President is also present at the plenary session.
The lawmakers had screamed “no” when a motion to admit Mrs Osinbajo into the chamber to witness proceedings was raised.
Subsequently, the matter was put to vote and the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, ruled to allow her into the chamber.
Last week, the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, was admitted into the chamber when the constitution amendment bills were laid.
13:10 pm: Voting in the Senate gets on to a shaky start as the display board to show the number of votes passed is not working.
Only the Senate President’s display board was functioning.
13:07 pm: Bill to create a special account through which funds for local governments will be paid directly from the federation account
– Yes 257- No 9- Abstain 0
13:07 pm: Bill for an Act to Alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to establish Local Government as a Tier of Government and Guarantee their Democratic Existence, Tenure; and for Related Matters.
– Yes 258 – No 15 – Abstain 0
12:53 pm: Voting has commenced at the Senate.
12:23 pm: Voting on the Constitution Amendment has commenced at the House of Representatives.