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Okowa welcomes INEC position on electronic transmission of election results



Okowa welcomes INEC position on electronic transmission of election results

By Ifeanyi Olannye

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta praised the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) for saying it has the ability to transmit results electronically.

Okowa praised Monday in Asaba while receiving INEC’s Resident Election Commissioner (REC) in Delta, Pastor Monday Udoh-Tom and his leadership team.

The CER was at the government residence for an advocacy visit to the Governor on Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

He commended INEC for its efforts to ensure the credibility of the electoral process and for its position to transmit the results electronically.

The governor, however, deplored the rejection by the National Assembly of the electronic transmission of election results.

According to him, the votes of certain members of the chambers of parliament against the electronic transmission of the election results could be interpreted as a plan to rig the elections.

He warned that the rejection of electronic transmission of election results could discourage the country’s efforts to attract foreign direct investment.

“We have to really appreciate the INEC because they think daily about the best ways to move our electoral system forward so that we can minimize all possibilities of fraud.

“Once Nigerians have confidence in our electoral process, many Nigerians will come to register and vote in the elections.

“We need to change the rhetoric of many Nigerians that whether they vote or not, the results will always be the way they want,” he said.

Okowa congratulated the president of INEC for coming to insist that INEC had the capacity to actually transmit the results of the elections.

He said there was no reason for a Nigerian to want to vote for the non-transmission of election results.

“This is not only good for our economy and our image as a nation, because until people learn to trust our electoral processes, it will be difficult for people to come and do business with us. “, did he declare.

He added that it was “doable and possible” saying that we have all seen it with the Edo State elections.

Okowa said he believes the processes and technology in place will help make it work.

He said Nigerians should pray and plan for a free process and better improvement in every election even before the 2023 general election.

“The elections that will take place before 2023 will be a test of what we can hope for in 2023 and I think INEC will do its best.”

Okowa revealed that he will be doing a show to educate the public and various groups in the state, religious leaders and traditional rulers about the ongoing CVR.

He said the state government will continue to provide voter education and urged all government officials to mobilize their people for the exercise.

“I urge you all to mobilize your staff for both online and in-person registration.

“I can see that INEC is ready to do the right thing and I stand with the level of transparency that will make Nigerians trust the process and vote more on election day.

“We have to disillusion the minds of Nigerians and the process starts from now to ensure that we now have a credible electoral process,” he said.

The governor expressed concern that the exercise was starting at the local government level and recommended that INEC move from neighborhood to neighborhood to ensure effective registration of citizens.

“The cost of travel, especially in riparian areas, is quite high, so if INEC intends to be duly registered, it is necessary to consider travel from neighborhood to neighborhood,” he said. he declares.

He appreciated the INEC for the way in which the recent by-election in Isoko North unfolded.

“We have our challenges as a country, but despite these challenges, we have a duty to encourage people to trust our electoral process.

“It is good for the country and for the people because when you are able to vote for your choice of leaders, there is a tendency for them to be sensitive to the people when they know the votes should count. “, did he declare.

Earlier, the REC expressed gratitude to the governor for ensuring the safety of INEC personnel and assets during attacks on government institutions by unknown gunmen.

He said that from July 26, INEC will roll out physical registration for those who cannot register through the online facility.

Udoh-Tom said the Commission is relying on senior politicians in the executive and legislature to increase mileage in the task of mobilizing the masses to register.

He said it would improve voter strength for the entire state. (NAN) (www.NAN

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