Learn From Ghana, USA and Give Nigeria Credible 2023 Election, PDP Counsels Reappointed INEC Chair

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Press Statement

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has counseled the reappointed

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof.

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Mahmood Yakubu, to go to Ghana and United States and take a study from

their electoral bodies on how to conduct free, fair, transparent and

credible general election.

The PDP restates its counsel to Prof. Yakubu not to recourse to excuses

but to use the more than two years ahead of the 2023 general election to

rejig our electoral commission and work out legislations and operational

rules that will guarantee a free, credible and all-inclusive electoral

process.

The party charges Prof. Yakubu to learn from the Ghana electoral

commission, which is making more room for a more all-inclusive electoral

process by kick-starting special voting system to enable personnel of

critical service providers cast their ballots days ahead of the December

7, election date.

The PDP also advised the INEC Chairman to study how the United States

credibly conducted a keenly contested 2020 Presidential election without

recourse to government influence and use of security to suppress the

wishes of citizens as expressed at the polling units.

The PDP urges the INEC Chairman to engage political stakeholders for

legislations, rules and field procedures, so as to curb violence, ensure

the security of electoral materials and guarantee the safety of voters.

The INEC Chairman should initiate processes and procedures that will

guarantee prompt arrival of ballot materials, rapid accreditation and

voting; instant transmission of results from polling units as well as

seamless collation of figures.

Our party demands Prof. Yakubu to improve on legislations that restrict

the involvement of security agencies in voting and collation processes,

check underage and alien voters, vote-buying, alteration of results and

manipulation of voter register.

The PDP urges Prof. Yakubu to pursue an amendment to the electoral act

to make it mandatory for INEC to publish voter register online, thus

terminating the doctoring of the register and accreditation process.

It is therefore instructive to restate that with the new appointment,

Prof Yakubu has been given an ample time and opportunity to redeem the

image of the commission and give our nation a credible election that

will be devoid of the failures, disappointments, miscarriages and

litigations that characterized his first five years tenure.

Our party urges the reappointed INEC Chairman to note that the 2023

general election will hugely impact on the fate of over 200 million

Nigerians. As such, he must ensure that the nation does not go down in

his hands.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary

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