The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has urged all members of the National Assembly (NASS) to enact laws regarding electronic transmission of votes during elections.
Tambuwal, who made the appeal at a news conference on Monday in Sokoto, stressed that the lawmakers should leave a good legacy that would strengthen the nation’s democratic processes.
According to him, he speaks in his capacity as former Speaker of 7th House of Representatives and a Nigerian citizen, to add his voice based on his leadership experiences and political activities in the country.
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Tambuwal expressed his belief in the national interest to bequeath to the country an Electoral Act that would contribute to free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria, irrespective of party platform.
“I am not addressing you as Vice Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum or as Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum, not even as a sitting Governor.
“It must be seen as a contribution from someone who has had varied experience as a legislator, a former Speaker, a sitting Governor and one who has been involved in leadership of political parties.
“It is a credible, free and fair election that will ensure that voters decide any electoral contest.
“Some have argued that internet penetration in all parts of Nigeria is not assured.
“This is exactly why the bill should give the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the prerogative on introducing electronic transmission of votes in any election.”
He said, “INEC has demonstrated and assured that it has the technology to transmit votes electronically even without the internet.
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“Once results of elections are announced from the collation centre, any person can monitor it without any human error.
“INEC has also assured that with the new process and technology, any interested Nigerian could track or monitor the results of the election from his or her house,” NAN quoted Tambuwal as saying.