The PDP Governors’ Forum has urged the National Assembly to entrench electronic transmission of results of elections into the nation’s electoral law.
The call was contained in a 10-point communique issued at the end of the Governors’ Forum meeting, on Monday, July 26, in Bauchi.
The communique read by the Chairman of the Forum, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, said the call was part of resolutions adopted at the meeting.
“On the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the Governors identified with the need for free, fair and credible elections in the country and called on the National Assembly to entrench Electronic transmission of results of elections in the nation’s electoral jurisprudence,” the PDP governors said.
The governors urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to deploy appropriate necessary technologies to ensure that votes of the electorates count in future elections.
They also called on the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT), Telephone Companies (Telcos), as well as other relevant stakeholders; to also ensure access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services were provided in rural areas; before the 2023 general elections.
The Forum condemned the attempt to foist on all political parties one method of conducting primary elections; which was by the direct method through the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
“The PDP Governors noted that the method was prone to massive rigging; and such other electoral malpractices as evidenced in the 2018 APC primary elections. Political parties should be allowed to decide their method of conduct of primaries as such would promote internal democracy.”
The governors also appealed to the Federal government to collaborate with the state governments to stem the raging unemployment; affecting the youths through technology and increased production in all field of human endeavour.
“Government should stop paying lip service on the Ease-of-Doing Business as foreign direct investments have continued to fall partly; due to obstacles placed on foreign companies wishing to invest in Nigeria.
“A classical example is that of the FACEBOOK which indicated interest to invest in Nigeria; however is being frustrated by regulatory agencies,” the governors said.
The Governors’ Forum enjoined all Nigerians to take advantage of the ongoing Voter Registration exercise by INEC; to prepare themselves with the necessary tools in the struggle to ensure free and fair electoral process.