The Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa stated that the recent decision by the Senate to grant direct electronic transmission of results to INEC is a victory for democracy and stated that it would boost the faith Nigerians have in the electoral process.
The Governor disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement in Asaba and urged that national lawmakers are representatives of the masses who should always act in their interest.
He also added that the electronic transmission of results will also reduce cases of electoral malpractice in Nigerian elections.
What Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said
“Laws are made for the people, not for personal interests and as such, we must always act in the interest of the public.
“Part of the challenges we are facing today as a nation stems from lack of faith in the electoral process which has huge implications on socio-economic activities in the country, including foreign direct investments.
“Once we are able to get the people to have faith in our electoral process where the people can truly decide who leads them, part of our problems would have been solved.
“I must commend the commission for constantly working hard to improve on the electoral process so that we can always have free, fair and credible elections that will reflect the will of voters,” Okowa said.
He also commended the INEC for other notable improvements in the electoral process, including the recent introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which he said will guarantee the credibility of voter accreditation by preventing the incidents of multiple voting or the use of stolen PVCs to vote.
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Nairametrics reported earlier that the Nigerian Senate announced a reversal of a decision taken in July on electronic transmission, by granting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the power to electronically transmit results.