March 24th, 2019

CHIDI ASONYE writes that the Independent Electoral Commission has been urged to improve on its stand on the use of card reader machines in future elections in the country.

This call was made by a political analyst in Abia State, Engr. James Nnadozie Uchegbuo while speaking to The Authority South-East in Aba over the outing of the electoral body in the just concluded general elections in the country.

Engr. Uchegbuo also harped the need for the INEC to train and retrain the Electoral officers and all personnel that would play a role in the electoral processes in order to reduce election malpractices, result manipulations and other ugly vices allegedly aided by some of the INEC staff in the previous elections.

Recalling what happened during the recently conducted elections in his Ahuwa- Oboro community, Ikwuano L.G.A, he said, “Some of the election materials brought were in shortfall and a total of 400 shortfalls were recorded and the supervisor could not explain what led to the disappearance of the materials that was entrusted to his custody.

“Those that the card reader machine could not capture were allowed to vote and the figure was registered and counted, in an attempt to favour one political party, to secure undue advantage against the whims and caprice of the people and the tenets of democracy.

“The INEC should take note and ensure that any ballot paper that was not registered in the future elections, should be discarded.

“Can you imagine a situation where the card reader machines read a different figure, while the ballot paper read another thing?

“This is enough to disqualify the votes and the results brought in by the INEC staff, who compromised in the process to favour a particular political party. This is capable of undermining democracy in the country”, he warned.

Adeleke’s Victory: Obi hails judiciary, advises APC not to appeal verdict

The Vice Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 election, Mr. Peter Obi, has commended the Nigerian Judiciary on the victory, on Friday, of Sen. Ademola Adeleke and PDP at the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

Obi, in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, hours after the verdict described the judgement as the triumph of justice over the dictatorship of injustice aided by forces that do not mean well for the country. He advised the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) not to appeal the judgement, saying that, “if they do, it will be a clear attack on a judgement that is both straightforward and redeeming.”

Obi took the opportunity to encourage the judiciary to continue to be steadfast in the dispensation of justice, “especially now that other arms of Government are bent on fostering dictatorship on the country.”

“As the bulwark of freedom and justice, once the judiciary capitulates, the country is as good as gone,” he said.

Analysing the effect of the judgment on nation-building, the former Anambra State Governor said that it has renewed the faith of Nigerians in the judiciary as the last hope of the common man.

He appealed to Nigerians to remain united in the fight against rigging, especially during the supplementary elections. Describing rigging as the worst form of corruption, Obi said any nation that encourages or condones it is sick unto death and must at least allow the judiciary to restore her through painful surgery.

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