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How to guarantee credible polls, by NITDA

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Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Dr Isa Pantami PHOTO: TWITTER/NITDA NIGERIA

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said that the only way to guarantee hitch-free election is by automation of the entire electoral process across the country.

It urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to collaborate with all relevant agencies of government to deliver free and fair elections.

The Director-General of the agency, Dr. Ibrahim Isa Pantami, who spoke yesterday after collecting his Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) at the Government Secondary School, Gwarimpa in Abuja, stressed the need for synergy between INEC and agencies relevant in the electoral process and collaborate with them to be able to deliver credible and acceptable elections in the country.

He said that the electoral body must recognise the need for the National Identity Management Card being issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Immigration, which he said, would enable the commission ascertain the authentic citizens resident in the country and eligible to vote in a particular election.

Meanwhile, former Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations Security Council, Ibrahim Gambari, has tasked the electorate to vote only political office seekers with credible characters.

Gambari, who spoke at the 4th Mike Omotosho yearly lecture, stated that although he could not say the entire Nigerian people have the societal core values, it was imperative that as the general elections approach, the electorate should be educated to vote rightly.

He, however, expressed confidence that the country could still restore its core values through leadership by example and by mobilising religious and traditional leaders to play their roles.

Also, Pastor Itua Ighodalo expressed the need for electorate to ask critical questions that will reveal candidates with core values.

Ighodalo said that countries that made impressive progress towards nation-building were those that placed premium on the rule of law, respect for human rights and commitment to good governance principles without nepotism.

He, therefore, urged Nigerian electorate to vote only for leaders whose lifestyles and antecedents would not contradict the office they are seeking.


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