Speaking to journalists at the state secretariat of the group in Enugu in a brief ceremony marking the issuance of letter of credence to local government coordinators of the group, the state coordinator, Comr. Onyendozi E. Onwe stated that electronic transmission of election results is a popular demand by Nigerians over the years who are interested in seeing positive improvements in our electoral processes.
“E-transmission of election results in Nigeria is long anticipated and to deny the passage of the law by NASS is indeed very unfortunate and can best be describe as a legislative miscarriage” he said.
Once Nigerians have confidence in our electoral processes, many will come out to register and as well vote during elections. The actions of the NASS is a steps backward towards attainment of free,fair, credible and acceptable elections in 2023. “I think those who voted against the passage of the bill are beneficiaries of fraudulent elections and may have perfected arrangements to use manual transmission of election results to perpetuate themselves in power beyond 2023” Comr. Onwe said.
When reminded that two members of the upper Chambers of the National Assembly from Enugu State were conspicuously absent during the E-transmission voting, he stated that they may have their reasons for been absent. He however, described they absent as very unfortunate. In a representative democracy,every vote matters, the people of the two senatorial zones have been deprived of they voices.
“E-transmission of election results will curb rigging, election violence and restore people’s confidence in our electoral processes.
Speaking further, he said that ESCSEG is in the state to promote Democratic ideals, good governance and to ensure that the citizens are well enlightened to enable them make well informed political decisions at all times for the good of the state. He reminded local government coordinators to see the letter of credence given to them as a platform to reach the unreached towards actualization of the mission of ESCSEG which is “to engage the citizens to actively participate in Democratic processes thereby reducing political related apathy among the citizens” in their respective local governments.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.