The National Working Committee of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday met with representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over issues of electoral reforms.
Leaders of the political party during the meeting urged the electoral body to lead the process of electoral reforms that will legalize electronic voting and reduce military presence during elections.
“I would like to urge your commission to move quickly and initiate Electoral Act amendment that will legalize electronic voting and remove the influence of the military as primary security on the Election Day,” National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus said while welcoming the INEC representatives to PDP National Secretariat, Abuja.
The party also lamented over alleged military involvement in elections noting that the recent elections including the 2019 general elections calls the integrity of the electoral umpire to question.
“Despite a standing lawful court ruling that military should be kept at a distance during elections as secondary security, we have all watched how they not only took over the primary security role from the Police but in some instances dictated and even connived with some INEC officials,” they said.
The also described the 2015 election which saw the transition of power from Goodluck Jonathan of PDP to Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as ‘Nigeria’s finest election.’
PDP however tasked the electoral body to stand up to their responsibility of balance and impartiality.
“The survival and sustenance of our democracy rest squarely on the integrity of the Electoral Commission which will derive from the character and the impartiality of its operatives.
“The effect of bad elections in our polity has been far reaching, stagnating the political and economic development.”
They concluded that free, fair and credible election is exactly what PDP and indeed global democracy demand and expect from INEC.