PDP advocates revamp in electoral laws

PDP advocates revamp in electoral laws

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday, November 20, said elections in Nigeria are not going to be credible until there are improvements in the country’s electoral laws.

The party National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, stated this in Abuja at a news conference on the party’s resolutions from Thursday’s 90th National Executive Committee meeting.

Ologbondiyan said that the party resolved to constitute a broad-based committee to work with the National Assembly; as well as other stakeholders on the Electoral Act amendment to make Nigeria’s elections free, fair, and credible.

“For us in the PDP, we believe that until there are improvements in our electoral laws; our elections are not going to be credible and this is going to endanger our democracy.

“So, the PDP has resolved to constitute a committee that will work in tandem with NASS members elected on the platform of our party; and also other interested parties as well to form a broad-based committee that will work with our legislators.

“We are also going to engage the civil societies on electoral reforms.

“As a party, we have seen that the issue of electoral frauds; abuses; hijack of the electoral process can only be redeemed if every Nigerian agrees in unison that we must amend the rules.

“This is why the PDP has agreed to work in concert with CSOs; faith-based organisations; community leaders to entrench a law in the system; in which the people can truly elect their representatives.”

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Ologbondiyan also disclosed that the party had resolved to go for an electronic membership drive by the first quarter of 2021.

“As you know even the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is contemplating going for electronic election.

“If you look at the election that was held in Edo where results were transferred on INEC portal from the units; the base of the election, to the collation centre; that negated and ruled out the tendency of hoodlums hijacking results and changing them.

“By the first quarter of next year; we would have been able to begin the pilot scheme.”

Ologbondiyan added that the NEC also agreed to strengthen the PDP’s processes of reconciliation; both at the zonal level and national level.

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