An aspirant for the speakership position of the House of Representatives, Hon. Olusegun Odebunmi, wants the legislative chambers to adopt the open-secret method to elect principal officers.
According to Bunvic, as Odebunmi is fondly called, “I don’t think there is any debate on that (voting method). We have agreed on it for a long time. The voting system is open-secret ballot so that the secret should be left secret.”
This is coming as a major crisis is brewing on the method to be adopted in electing the presiding officers of the two chambers of the National Assembly during inauguration in June.
According to Punch, while the ruling All Progressives Congress is pushing for open ballot system, some lawmakers-elect have vowed that the election must be by open-secret ballot as contained in the rule books currently being used by the Senate and House of Representatives.
It was further gathered that while some lawmakers were ready to align with the position of the APC on the matter, some others are opposed to it.
It was learnt that the ruling party was insisting on the open ballot system of voting in order to identify lawmakers-elect who would vote against the party’s choices for the positions of principal officers.