Attahiru Jega, a ragged Chairman, Self reliant Nationwide Election Price (INEC), says the electoral transmission of results will gash back election fraud in Nigeria,
He talked about this in an interview with journalists on the sideline of the continuing ECOWAS Parliament’s High-degree Seminar on Thursday in Winneba, Ghana.
The Seminar themed “Two Decades of Democratic Elections in ECOWAS Member States: Achievements, Challenges, Challenges and the Manner Ahead” seeks to proffer solutions to electoral inconsistencies in Member States.
Me Jega, who superitended the approach that ushered within the Buhari executive in 2015, commended the passage of the invoice by the Nationwide Assembly which now offers INEC energy to transmit results electronically.
He talked about it used to be a clear development earlier than 2023 elections.
He talked about that it used to be one among the moral frameworks that would guarantee credible elections within the nation.
“I contain with out a doubt that Nigeria has the competence and ability to deeply electronic transmission of result.
“Since 2012, INEC has been piloting an electronic transmission of result system with sturdy tool, with sturdy security, and they contain piloted it in plenty of elections.
“I am fully chuffed now that the Nationwide Assembly has agreed for this to be done and has created the moral framework
“Thought to be one of doubtlessly the most important areas where fraud takes situation within the elections of Nigeria is within the transmission of results manually.
“From the polling items, to the ward degree, to the constituency degree, electronic transmission of result will wipe this out,” Mr Jega talked about.
Mr Jega additionally urged Nigerians to belief the new course of, adding that “it’s sorrowful to prefer that results could presumably well even not be precisely transmitted with out a 100 per cent network protection”.
He talked about that even in developed countries, “they’re customarily confronted with the peril of unhappy network, nonetheless as soon as 70 per cent of results is liable to be transmitted electronically, it’s a long way a pass”.
“It’s sorrowful to prefer that while you happen to can’t contain 100 per cent protection web protection then you definately can’t originate electronic transmission of results, who says so?
“At the same time because it’s seemingly you’ll presumably well even originate it in 80 per cent of the polling items, or even 70 per cent, it’s composed an A and it’s seemingly you’ll presumably well contain eradicated fraud in 70 per cent or 80 per cent of the polling items thru transmission.
“Even in developed countries, there are composed areas where it’s seemingly you’ll presumably well even contain challenges of web connectivity.
“We wish to accept that in these neatly-liked cases, we can announce technology to make stronger the integrity of elections and it’s doubtlessly the most helpful potential to pass,” Mr Jega added.
Mr Jega additionally urged the Nationwide Assembly to review the draft invoice that enables the development of indecent monetisation of politics in Nigeria which enables handiest the rich to participate in politics.
“There are different issues within the draft invoice, as an illustration, monetisation of politics, they contain elevated the threshold.
“They talked about to be a president, it’s seemingly you’ll presumably well even utilize as much as N2 billion in campaigns, to be a governor it’s seemingly you’ll presumably well even utilize as much as N1 billion, to be senator it’s seemingly you’ll presumably well even utilize as much as N500 million and that is indecent monetisation of politics.
“These are different provisions that the members of the Nationwide Assembly needs to imagine and greatly gash back otherwise, or they’ll turn our democracy to plutocracy, which is executive for the rich.” (NAN)
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