Obaseki backs electronic transfer of election results
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, backed calls for electronic transmission of election results in the country.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, he commended the National Assembly’s decision to reverse its earlier resolution on electronic transmission of election results, pointing out that but for the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) deployment of technology he would probably not have returned as governor of Edo State.
“So, I am a very strong advocate for electronic transmission of results from elections and I want to also note that from my personal experience, INEC has the capacity, INEC has the technology and the understanding of how things should work. So, they should be encouraged. I hope and pray that the President will sign that bill into law,” he said.
The governor, was however, not categorical in his assessment of the direct primaries the Senate also adopted, saying while political parties should be allowed to determine their procedure, if properly supervised, direct primaries would help the nation’s democratic development.
Obaseki, who also spoke on the internal crisis in the Edo State chapter of the PDP, said as an opposition party for 12 years, the state needed more time to develop understanding among new and old stakeholders of the party.
“There were some internal crises, even in the old party, which we are trying to resolve. We’ve made some significant progress and I believe that it will be sorted out before our convention,” he stated.