Omo-Agege: Electoral laws alone won’t guarantee credible elections

Omo-Agege: Electoral laws alone won’t guarantee credible elections

Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, has said that a sustainable electoral process was only possible if it was founded on an adequate electioneering culture.

Omo-Agege said this at the public presentation and inaugural meeting of the Electoral Hub, in Abuja, on Tuesday, August 31.

According to him, no matter how good the clauses were in the electoral laws if the other aspects of the electioneering process were flawed, the electoral process itself will ultimately be flawed.

“While there have been many more issues in our electoral history, it seems to me that if we have had adequate and unambiguous clauses, plus adequate advocacy, understanding, and the will to comply, we would have had less controversies, fewer post-election court cases and generally, a more credible electoral process.

“This is to say that we need adequate and generally acceptable rules of engagement in the electioneering process.

“I refer to how candidates emerged on party platforms, campaign rally rules; and generally political actions toward a fair and credible political participation by voters.

“I am glad, for instance, that the National Assembly is now dealing with the issue of direct primaries’’, Omo-Agege said.

He added that the obvious preference for direct primaries; for example, would have more than a salutary effect on the challenges of dealing with select delegates at primaries; which had been a sore point in our electioneering process; citing the ongoing electoral reform process, therefore, as a responsibility for all.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, August 30; has slammed the Buhari administration over remarks reportedly made by Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, about alleged “silent looting in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is a confirmation of the massive corruption in the government.”

This was contained in a statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan; who noted that “the situation as presented by Amaechi shows that ‘quiet stealing’ is a policy of the APC administration.”

The party claimed that the APC administration “has been providing official cover for corrupt officials; who have turned government agencies to cash cows and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) for themselves; their cronies, family members, and mistresses.”

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