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2023: Electronic transmission of results will reduce election fraud in Nigeria – Jega



2023: Electronic transmission of results will reduce election fraud in Nigeria – Jega

By Lizzy Okoji

Professor Attahiru Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said the transmission of election results will reduce the rate of electoral fraud in Nigeria,

He said this in an interview with reporters on the sidelines of the ECOWAS Parliament’s High Level Seminar underway Thursday in Winneba, Ghana.

The seminar on the theme “Two Decades of Democratic Elections in ECOWAS Member States: Achievements, Challenges, Challenges and the Way Forward” aims to propose solutions to electoral inconsistencies in Member States.

Jega, who welcomed the passage of the bill by the National Assembly which now gives INEC the power to transmit results electronically, said it was a positive development ahead of the elections. from 2023.

He said it was one of the legal frameworks that would ensure credible elections in the country.

“I have no doubt that Nigeria has the competence and the capacity to transmit the results deeply electronically.

“Since 2012, INEC has been piloting an electronic results transmission system with robust software, equipped with robust security, and they have piloted it in numerous elections.

“I am happy now that the National Assembly has accepted this to be done and created the legal framework

“One of the main areas where election fraud takes place in Nigeria is the manual transmission of results.

“Voting units at the constituency level, at the constituency level, electronic transmission of results will erase that,” Jega said.

Jega also urged Nigerians to trust the new process, adding that it is wrong to assume that results will not be transmitted accurately without 100% network coverage.

He said even in developed countries they sometimes face the challenge of a poor network, but once 70 percent of the results can be transmitted electronically, it’s a pass.

“It’s wrong to assume that if you can’t have 100% internet coverage you can’t send results electronically, who says so?

“If you can do it in 80% of the polling stations, or even 70%, it remains an A and you will have eliminated fraud in 70% or 80% of the polling stations in terms of transmission.

“Even in developed countries, there are still areas where you may experience Internet connectivity issues.

“We have to accept that in these modern times we can use technology to improve the integrity of elections and that is the only way forward,” Jega added.

Jega also urged the National Assembly to review the bill which allows the trend of extreme monetization of politics in Nigeria which only allows the rich to participate in politics.

“There are other things in the draft bill, for example, the monetization of the policy, they raised the threshold.

“They said being president you can spend up to 2 billion naira on campaigns, to be governor you can spend up to 1 billion naira, to be a senator you can spend up to 500 million naira and that’s an extreme monetization of politics.

“These are other provisions that members of the National Assembly must consider and drastically reduce or else they will turn our democracy into a plutocracy, which is a government for the rich.”

Source: NAN

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