“If the Federal Government can Voted N4bn to monitor WhatsApp and sms messages, they ought to provide infrastructure that will make the electronic transmission possible”
Samson Itodo, Director of YIAGA Africa has described the voting against electronic transmission of results at the senate yesterday as embarrassing and shameful.
Speaking from his base in London On Friday in a current affairs program, Sunrise Daily, monitored on Channelstv, he opined that history beckons on the House of Representatives today to do the needful and right the wrong of the senate.
“What the senate did was to vote against the will of Nigerians. They want to undermine the INEC by subjecting it to an agency of govt that is not known by the constitution. History beckons on the House of Representatives to do the needful. We believe the House of Representatives will not toe the ignoble line of the senate. Electronic transmission enhances the integrity of the election. YIAGA said 65% of the presidential election was transmitted electronically. “We can’t use the little problem associated with electronic transmission to jettison what will improve our election to draconian laws. We have the structure to transmit our elections. INEC has said that times without numbers.
“Our Lawmakers should be guided by the overall public interest. The House of Representatives should support the electronic transmission. I don’t think conscripting INEC Under the agency that is not known to the constitution is the best.
“If the Federal Government can Voted N4bn to monitor WhatsApp and sms messages, they ought to provide infrastructure that will make the electronic transmission possible.”
It will be recalled that almost all the All Progressives Congress Senators Voted Against the use of electronic transmission of results yesterday during the debate on the electoral bill.