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Omo-Agege, Zakari Renew Call For Electoral Reform, Stiffer Punishment For Offenders

Abuja – The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has called for the introduction of technological innovations to the electioneering processes in the country.

He said this would help the country in joining the global electoral best practice order.

He disclosed this at the maiden webinar on Electoral Reform organised by Centre for Liberty (CFL) titled: “COVID-19 and the Urgency of Electoral Reforms.”

 

   
   

 

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Omo-Agege expressed commitment to electoral reforms and emphasized on the need to do away with the “old order” which he said would leave Nigeria at the mercy of uncertainty.

He said: “Maintaining the old order would leave us (Nigeria) at the mercy of a lot of uncertainty, not just regarding the health of voters, but the possibility of many persons getting disenfranchised by choice, as they try to avoid contracting whatever infection. This will undermine democracy.”

He said the reforms in the electoral process would promote  transparency and accountability thereby ensuring the sanctity of each vote. 

“It is also hoped that by the comprehensive reforms, we are able to generally automate the process and reduce paper trails, avoid disenfranchisement, encourage a wider interest in voting, minimise loopholes that could occasion election manipulation and rigging and lastly, to provide for the prosecution and appropriate punishment of electoral offenders,” he added.

Omo-Agege advocated harsh punishments for those who disrupt and undermine elections in Nigeria. 

In her own part the former Acting INEC Chairman, Mrs Aminat Zakari, called for the inclusion of e-transmission and e-collation of results in the Electoral Amendment Bill. 

She said: “We must be willing to deploy e-transmission and collation. It can only work effectively when we do the needy and get the right atmosphere for elections, the change in mindset and citizens engagement.”

Source : independent.ng

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