Nigeria’s Senate Urged To Embrace An Open Ballot System For The Selection Of Presiding Officers

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The Citizens Network for Peace and Development in Nigeria (CNPDN) is advocating for a transparent voting system for the election of the Senate President and Deputy Senate President. The group is urging the Senate to adopt an open ballot system, similar to the House of Representatives, to promote democracy.
The Senate recently amended its rules to prevent first-time senators from contesting presiding officer roles, which the CNPDN praised as aligning with global legislative best practices.
However, the group is calling on the Senate to reconsider its method of electing presiding officers and amend Section 3, Subsection (i) to make it a rule that presiding officers are elected through an open ballot system.
The CNPDN expressed appreciation for the leadership and members of the 10th Senate for their forward-thinking approach to governance.

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