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CREDIBLE ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA: THE WAY FORWARD

January 6, 2014

THE PROBLEM:
The same way we condemn and complain about the abysmal failure of INEC in conducting any free, free and credible elections, made worse by the rigging tendencies of ALL PARTIES in their strongholds; so also the State Governors controlled States’ Independent Electoral Commissions are culpable in conducting sham Local Government Council elections in their various States (a situation where the ruling party of every State wins virtually all the Chairmanship and Councillorship seats), elections which are not free, fair, transparent or credible.

Most Nigerians are now clamouring for holistic and workable plans to stop and/or stem the rigging of elections and electoral fraud in ALL ELECTIONS in Nigeria, whether Federal, State or LGA elections. Until that time when the will and desire to ACT is seen across board, we shall continue in this CYCLE OF COMPLAINS after every election in Nigeria.

WHAT THE ELECTORAL ACT SAYS ON ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS
As entrenched in Section 27 (1) of the Electoral Act, 2010, results are meant to be announced at 4 levels –
1. POLLING UNIT.
2. WARD COLLATION CENTRES.
3. LGA COLLATION CENTRE.
4. STATE COLLATION CENTRE.
The Section 27(1) of the Act reads:
“….The Results of all the elections shall be announced by-
(a) the Presiding Officer at the Polling unit;
(b) the Ward Collation Officer at the Ward Collation Centre;
(c) the Local Government or Area Council Collation Officer at the Local Government/Area Council Collation Centre;
(d) the State Collation Officer at the State Collation Centre”.

THE SOLUTION: COUNT AND ANNOUNCE RESULTS AT LGA COLLATION CENTRES
At the close of voting on election days, the sealed ballot boxes should be transferred from the polling units to the counting centres (LGA COLLATION CENTRES), and the counting of votes should commence within 2 hours of the close of polls.

The counting of vote should be carried out in the full glare of all party agents; election observers; journalists; live TV and Radio; and other electronic media, broadcasting to the entire State and/or Nation. At the completion of votes count, the results should be announced immediately and the winner(s) declared. The declared results should be transmitted to the State Collation Centres for the compilation of the House of Representatives; Senate, Governorship and Presidential results.

The crude, archaic, and outdated method of transporting signed election result sheets from the LGA Collation Centres to the State Collation Centres should be eliminated from the process currently adopted by INEC, as it has been alleged and confirmed that, it is during such movement of election result sheets that the electoral ‘abrakadabra’ takes place. With the highly improved digital communication system in the country, and with virtually all 774 LGA Headquarters with communication signals, why should we still rely on road transport to move election results? It beggars belief that we still use a process which is not in tune with the 21st century. Where is the transformation in the electoral process.?

If we adopt the above recommendations for the counting, collation and announcement of election results, whereby the announcement of results are rallied to the entire State and/or Nation from the LGA Collation Centres and transmitted electronically (mobile phones, radio transmitters, television, etc.) to the State Collation Centres, we would have turned the corner for good and results falsification will possibly be a thing of the past.

THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTIONS:
1.IS THE ENTIRE POLITICAL CLASS WILLING, READY AND COMMITTED TO CONDUCTING FREE, FAIR, TRANSPARENT AND CREDIBLE ELECTIONS?
2.WHICH OF THE TWO MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES IS READY TO TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORN?

IT IS EITHER WE ARE READY TO CHANGE THE PROCESS FOR GOOD OR THE CRIES OF RIGGING AFTER EVERY ELECTION SHOULD CEASE. GOD BLESS THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
INEC1

JEGA

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