2023 General Election: NUJ Advises INEC To Replicate Level Of Credibility In Osun, Anambra, Ekiti Elections
For the 2023 elections, Udekwe said Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)must uphold a greater standard of fairness, trustworthiness, and fairness than it did during the isolated elections in Osun, Ekiti, and Anambra.
On Thursday in Enugu, Mr. Sam Udekwe, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ), Enugu State Council, made the announcement while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Udekwe said INEC should maintain higher degree of fairness, credibility and fairness as done during the isolated elections in Osun, Ekiti and Anambra, to ensure that people’s wishes counted in 2023 elections.
He claims that voters will have great expectations for the electoral body’s increased credibility in the future general elections in 2023.
“All over the world, elections are rated by some degrees of credibility and Nigeria is not exceptional.
“INEC recorded high credibility in their recent elections and I want them to employ same method to 2023 elections because there is improvement in the system,” he said.
He continued by saying that it would be better with the aid of election laws that had been improved with electronic inputs, particularly with the usage of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
“Where the rigging starts is from accreditation which BVAS has put a stop to an extent. I am hopeful we are going to have more credible, fairer and better elections in 2023.”
However, Udekwe, a staff in Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS) emphasized the necessity for INEC to further decentralize Permanent Voters Card (PVC) collection offices/centers to allow people to cast their votes in their local areas.
He emphasized that INEC should not be a barrier to Nigerians’ participation in the upcoming election and that INEC might devise a method of distributing the cards to people’s homes.
The chairman urged Nigerians to gather their PVCs in order to cast their votes for their preferred candidates.
“I want to advise my fellow Nigerians to do away with exchange of money for their franchise, rather, vote who they believe will serve them better.
“It will be a colossal failure if we exchange our voting rights with peanuts but if anyone offers you money because there is hunger in the land, collect it and vote according to your conscience as it is going to be secret ballot system,” he advised.