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ADC opposes removal of electronic collation from Electoral Act

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The African Democratic Congress (ADC) has cautioned the National Assembly over the planned passage of the New Electoral Amendment Bill without electronic transmission of election results.

In an open letter to Senate President Ahmad Lawan and House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday, the national chairman of ADC, Chief Ralph Nwosu, said: “This is truly shocking and absurd. This time when lawmakers are supposed to be deep in thoughts in creating laws to make Nigeria emerge as a strong democracy after 22 years of democratic government, it is incomprehensible why the National Assembly should be building booby traps and creating windows that serve parochial ends.”

It noted that with a population of over 200 million, Nigeria should be relevant globally and to its people. It said not adopting methods and attitudes that enhance best practises in law and policy formulation demean Nigeria’s parliamentarians, the National Assembly as an institution and reduce and limit us as a people.

The party added: “It is of utmost importance that we begin to build integrity into our processes; things to bring value and credibility to our processes and help our democratic journey, development and maturity. We cannot continue living in falsehood and corruption. The beauty of democracy is people ownership, an endearing franchise that must be guided.”

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