Former Central Bank Governor (CBN), Prof. Kingsley Moghalu has cautioned the National Assembly’s to be wary of their decision to block the electronic transmission of election results in the 2023 election.
According to Moghalu, the blockade of the transmission will be regarded as a coup against Nigerians. Moghalu blasted the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021 for not making the necessary provision for e-transmission of results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He quoted a Section 50 (2) of the bill“Voting at an election under this bill shall be in accordance with the procedure determined by the commission, which may include electronic voting, provided that the commission shall not transmit results of elections by electronic means.”
His statement read: “One, electronic transmission of election results is a popular demand by Nigerians who are keen to see significant improvements in the country’s electoral processes and outcomes.
“To pass a law to deny the wish of the people is tantamount to a legislative coup by the National Assembly. This must be avoided.
“Two, the National Assembly will further erode its credibility if it decides against a reasonable and popular legislative demand. This will further delegitimise the country’s democracy.
“Three, by specifically disallowing INEC from using electronic means to transmit election results, the National Assembly would be passing a law that hamstrings an institution of the state from carrying out its function to the best possible outcome.
“Four, without electronic transmission of results, a new electoral law would, at best, only introduce cosmetic changes, while essentially helping to perpetuate rigging of elections.”