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COVID-19: Ex-police Affairs minister advocates electronic voting to comply with social distancing protocol

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Former minister of police Affairs, Humphrey Abah has advocated for Electronic voting to take care of all the dangers associated with COVID-19 which is likely to be around mankind for a long time.
The urgent need to reform the Nigerian electoral system may have been re-echoed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the NCDC protocol of social distancing.
The former minister who spoke to the NationalUpdate in Abuja, said a new law that will help distance voters from themselves is now necessary.

According to him,”World over the dynamics in work place and human interface is changing rapidly so in anticipation of that I expect that we should be proactive in our enactment of laws for the society.” It is not to come up with one obnoxious rule, ‘the right of NCDC to test people compulsorily or to immunize people forcefully, or to force vaccine on people, for me that is completely obnoxious.”What I expect the national Assembly to do with foresight is to begin to now say we should reduce human interface at electoral times, introduce electronics voting who says it will not work?”He said Nigerians can do online banking, even in the villages because people have become more literate with technology.”We witnessed some of the schools in some cities in Nigeria during the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria engaging in virtual learning for their students.”So who says that we cannot do electronics voting? they should introduce it.He challenged the National Assembly to put parameters in place and make it compulsory for accreditation to be electronically done and compulsory for transmission of results to  a central cyber.
“Why can’t we create a central cyber for it. After all the Banks are effectively having a central data system for their customers.”Are the banks not running an integrated data system for their customers?  All the banks in Nigeria.”If someone should transfer money to you even though the accounts are in different banks, within five minutes the transaction is done.”Are the banks not running on those platforms why are we making it look like an impossible as if they are cast in stones?”Abah said the Nigerian problem is that they are principally dishonest especially in Government.”We cannot remain in the medieval level, we cannot continue with the excuse that our people are not literate enough..He said with electronics voting all the issue of number of registered voters becoming less than accredited voters will become a thing of the past.
“How can we continue to put our people in compartments of illiteracy, we cannot continue to push that. I believe that Nigerians are politically very literate particularly in the North.”It is in the north that somebody will tell you what Boris Johnson said, they will tell you what is happening, analyse correctly what is happening in the British parliament today.”The one they don’t know is what is happening in the national Assembly.”
“Let us even for reasons of COVID-19 revisit the electoral process so that by law we would have created the social distancing and giving people other options for voting instead of congregating people in one place where thugs can come and attack them.He observed that with electronics voting people will vote remotely in their houses it will be difficult thugs to attack them.”The IG does not need to draft 30, 000 policemen to any place because they are doing election it is a waste of resources.”All those resources we waste will be pruned down. The security can face their job of securing the territorial integrity of the nation, so that the army would be taken out of elections.
“The army has no business being on the streets for election because that is not their primary duty, that is not their first calling.
He said election duty is not even in the schedule of the armed forces saying that their participation in election is a wrong application of force.”So let us come up with revised laws, just like they went to copy that NCDC act they can copy from Ghana, they can copy from other places.According to him, the revised amendments that were done in the 8th National Assembly were fantastic adding that now that there is COVID-19, it is just to integrate some aspects that will ensure that COVID-19 issues are addressed.

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Bogoro youths reject LG election results, over massive rigging

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From Ali Sara, Bauchi

Concerned Bogoro Youth Forum in Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State have rejected the Local Government election results that took place last Saturday.
They alleged that the election was characterised by massive rigging.

The Youth Forum protested in Bogoro LGA capital to register their grievances.
They said, “This is the first time in our history that we are witnessing an election like this whereby results were being announced while voting was still ongoing.
“We demand that our votes must count adding whoever wins at the poll should be declared winner, we are not supporting any particular political party, but we need justice and fairness”.

The Chairman of the Forum Mr. Jerome Issac alleged that in Bogoro, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agents were seen abandoning ballot papers and other sensitive election materials

Isaac lamented that the results were announced and PDP candidates declared winners when the votes had not been collated”. He said.

“All we want is that our votes must be counted before declaring the winner of the election. I want to also remind the Governor that this was not what happened during his election in 2019 when the people stood by him and elected him as their leader, this shows that he is not a democrat and it is not good for our fledging democracy”.
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You may recall that the Peoples Democratic Party won all seats in the LG election from councillorship level to the Chairmananship.
Even some members of the state Assembly have rejected the results.

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LG election: Dogara’s aides express confidence of victory

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From Ali Sara, Bauchi

As the people of Bauchi State file out tomorrow to exercise their franchise in the Local Government election, the battle for supremacy between the two major gladiating political parties; the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC) is expected to play out.

The immediate past speaker of the House of representatives Honorable Yakubu Dogara who recently joined the APC in his Bogoro local government has vowed to leave no stone unturned having embarked on door to door campaign to ensure victory.
Those vying for the chairmanship seat in the local government are Honorable Bulus Iliya of APC and Honorable Iliya Habila of PDP who are both former Senior Special Assistants to the former Speaker.

Flagging off his campaign Wednesday Honorable Iliya said that he is not afraid of the ruling party because the youth and women are with him.

According to him, he cannot be intimidated by anybody saying he does whatever he sets out to do without fear.
“I don’t fear face because I believe in God and God decide who will rule the LGA. I am not afraid that I am contesting against the ruling party, why because I know the masses are with me and I am sure I will defeat PDP on saturday”.

The APC candidate alleged that the only option for the ruling People’s Democratic Party is to try to manipulate the election because they have the government.
He expressed the believe that with God and the people by his side he will win the election.

“Definitely, if they are going to conduct a credible election we will be victorious come this Saturday”, he confidently boasted.

He called on the electorate to be law abiding, even as he advised them to protect their votes.

On his part Honorable Iliya Habila who is the immediate past Care taker Chairman of Bogoro LGA and the flag bearer of the PDP said he does not need to campaign because within the ten months of his stewardship in office the people can testify to his giant strides in the area of human and infrastructure development.

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has sent a congratulatory message to the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, on his re-election to a second term at Saturday’s election.
Lawan also congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the victory of its candidate at the election, saying the triumph is well-deserved and heart warming.This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja yesterday by his special adviser on media Ola Awoniyi.The president of the senate noted that the election was a referendum on the stewardship of Governor Akeredolu in the last four years and that the Governor has passed the examination in flying colours.
The Senate President commended the people of Ondo State for their peaceful conduct at the poll, which has demonstrated their confidence in their country’s democratic process.
He also thanked the Ondo people for their consistency in identifying with progressive platforms now ably represented by the APC.
“By the outcome of this election, the people of Ondo State have spoken in a loud and unambiguous voice that the APC offers the best platform for the pursuit of their development goals and political aspirations.
“The electoral victory in Ondo State is a re-affirmation of the people’s faith in the APC government and the capacity of Governor Akeredolu to continue the transformation of  the state by consolidating on his achievements and opening new frontiers of development in the Sunshine State,” Lawan says.
The Senate President admonished the Governor not to deviate from the path that has taken him to a fresh mandate from his people. He also urges him to continue to implement APC’s progressive programmes for the benefit of all Ondo people.
Lawan called on other contestants in the election to join hands with the winner in working for the common good of Ondo people.

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