…Demands Transparent Online Voters Registration
The opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) says the the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will have no excuses not to use the electronic direct transmission of results in the 2023 General Elections and other coming polls.
In a press statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party says its position is predicated on INEC’s announcement of its readiness to conduct online (electronic) registration of voters for future elections in the country.
The party notes that since the INEC is now in the position to deploy technology to conduct online registration of voters, which entails electronic transmission of voter’s data to its central server, the commission can also conduct an electronic transmission of results directly from the polling unit to its central server.
The party also calls the attention of the commission to the fact that it no longer has any excuse not to employ the direct transmission of results from polling units, which will ensure credible elections by eliminating manipulations, alterations, switching and disappearance of election results during manual collation processes.
It insists that if INEC can use the electronic platform for registration of voters it could as well deploys the same technology for electronic transmission of results in future elections including the 2023 general elections.
The however called called for a credible online registration process.
“Our party however urges INEC to ensure that the online registration of voters is credible, transparent and not open to the manipulations of desperate politicians, particularly in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The party also admonished the APC leadership in the National Assembly that it has no further pretext to continue to sit on the Electoral Act amendment bill and frustrate genuine effort to ensure credible, free and fair elections in our country.
It said, “the party invites Nigerians to note that the only reason the APC-led administration as well as the APC leadership in the National Assembly have been using every available means to frustrate the electronic transmission of result, is that they have realized that there is no way their party can win in a transparent, free and fair election at any level in Nigeria.
“We therefore urge Nigerians to intensify their efforts in the collective quest to rescue our country from misrule by adding their voices to the demand by our party for electronic transmission of results in future elections and particularly, the 2023 general elections,” it said.