From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has urged the National Assembly, to do the right thing for the nation on electronic transmission of results irrespective of party platform.
Tambuwal made the call on his capacity as the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, when he addressed a press conference at the NUJ Press Centre along Zuru Road, Sokoto.
According to Tambuwal, since the international community, INEC, the entire civil society and almost all the political parties are in support of electronic transmission of votes, they should be guided by the wishes of their constituents who should be ultimate arbiters in a democracy.
He noted that: “It is in national interest to bequeath to Nigeria an Electoral Act that will contribute to free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria irrespective of party platform.”
He said that: “It is a credible, free and fair election that will ensure that the voters decide any electoral contest,” citing the governorship elections of Edo and Ondo, which results were transmitted electronically.
“The Edo and Ondo States’ elections where electronic transmission of votes cast from the unit level ensured that the voters’ wishes were respected are good examples. PDP won in Edo and APC won in Ondo as a result.”
The one time Speaker also noted that it is in the national interest to bequeath to Nigeria an electoral act that will contribute to free, fair and credible election in the country irrespective of party platform.