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Electronic Transmission of Election Results: Victory for democracy – Gov. Okowa

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Electronic Transmission of Election Results: Victory for democracy – Gov. Okowa

Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said Tuesday’s adoption of the Election Law 2021 Amendment Bill allowing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to transmit election results electronically was a victory for democracy.

The governor said so in a statement issued Wednesday by his chief press secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba.

He congratulated the National Assembly for listening to the wish of Nigerians by overturning and voted to include electronic transmission of results in the amendment of the electoral law.

The governor was among prominent Nigerians who criticized the Red Chamber for rejecting electronic transmission of election results when the amendment bill was passed earlier in the year.

He reminded lawmakers that as representatives of the people, they should always act in the interest of the generality of Nigerians.

He noted that the transmission of election results would greatly eliminate electoral fraud.

“Laws are made for the people, not for personal interests and as such we must always act in the public interest.

“Part of the challenges we face today as a nation stems from the lack of confidence in the electoral process which has enormous implications for the socio-economic activities of the country, including foreign direct investment.

“Once we are able to get the people to believe in our electoral process where the people can really decide who is leading them, part of our problems would have been solved,” Okowa said.

He commended INEC for its constant efforts to improve the credibility of the electoral process.

“I must commend the commission for its constant efforts to improve the electoral process so that we can always have free, fair and credible elections that reflect the will of the voters.

“A notable improvement in the electoral process, in particular the recent introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), will ensure the credibility of voter accreditation by preventing incidents of multiple voting or the use of stolen PVC for vote, “he said.

Source: NAN

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