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ADP backs electronic transmission of election results, direct primary

By Adamu Abuh (Abuja) and Murtala Adewale (Kano)
07 December 2021   |   4:03 am
The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has expressed support for adoption of electronic transmission of results in the 2023 general elections.

Group urges N’Assembly to veto President Buhari on Electoral Bill
The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has expressed support for adoption of electronic transmission of results in the 2023 general elections.

National Chairman of the party, Yabagi Sani, who spoke at the inauguration of the 2022 National Convention Planning Committee, argued that electronic transmission of poll results would guarantee free and fair election in the 2023 polls

He charged Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, and other officials of the commission to resist alleged attempt at blackmailing INEC to reject the Electoral Act Amendment bill.

Sani disclosed that the conduct of the party’s congresses and its national convention would be held through direct primary.

He said unlike the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the ADP was not averse to the direct primary and electronic transmission of results, since the outcome of election would be a reflection of the wishes of the electorate.

“We in the ADP regard the 2023 general elections as a watershed in the nation’s political history, a turning point away from the decadence that has characterised all previous elections, because we can see the clamour of all Nigerians from across the country for a change.

“The people are fed up with the poor governance, lack of vision, debauchery, corruption, outright and heartless looting of the treasury, which have the cumulative effect of the present unprecedented poverty, frightening insecurity, despondency and social dislocation across the country,” he stated.

He added that only those planning to manipulate the elections would find it difficult to discard the old system, because it confers on them the latitude to rig and deny the electorate their fundamental rights of choosing political leaders of their choice.

“The direct primary and electronic transmission of election results should be regarded as effective panacea to the crises that have plagued and retarded the conduct of free and fair elections in Nigeria,” he added.

MEANWHILE, the Organisation for Community Civil Engagement (OCCEN) has expressed concern over President Muhammadu Buhari’s delay in singing the Electoral Act Amendment Bill and challenged the National Assembly to deploy constitutional power of vote, if the President declined to sign the bill.

Executive Director of OCCEN, Abdulrazaq Alkali, who addressing a press conference yesterday in Kano, said the National Assembly passed the Electoral Amendment Act 2021 on November 9 and transmitted it to the President for his assent, but lamented that the presidency was yet to sign the amendment bill, even as the 30-day window for its assent nears.

The group insisted that there was no justification for presidency to withhold its assent to on the bill, which it said would bring solution to the country’s electoral challenges, adding: “After 30 days and the President failed to sign the bill, the National Assembly should veto the bill, as it was constitutionally empowered to do so.