The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has urged the National Assembly to make the electronic transmission of election results compulsory.
Addressing newsmen in Sokoto after the PDP governors met on Monday, chairman of the forum, and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto said the electronic transmission of election results will guarantee free and fair polls in the country.
Tambuwal said the electronic transmission of election results must be part of the country’s laws.
He said: “On the electoral act amendment bill, the governors identified the need for a free, fair and credible elections in the country and called on the national assembly to entrench electronic transmission of results of elections in the nation’s electoral jurisprudence.
“The forum noted that the method was prone to massive rigging and such other electoral malpractices as evidenced in the 2018 APC primary elections. Political parties should be allowed to decide their method of conduct of primaries as such would promote internal democracy.
“The governors also called on Nigerians “to use the opportunity of the PDP e-registration exercise which will kick off soon, to register as PDP members, while PDP members should update their membership electronically”.
“The forum urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), NCC, and Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), among other government agencies, to deploy the necessary infrastructure that will facilitate the electronic transmission of election results.”