The Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) yesterday berated National Assembly members for rejecting electronic transmission of election results following the passage of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021.
The union said the lawmakers’ self-driven motives rather than the collective interest and the general desire of the people betrayed southern governors unequivocal support for electronic transmission of polling results to promote peaceful, credible, free and fair elections.
A statement made available to LEADERSHIP in Abuja, signed by the president-general, UPU, Chief Joe Omene, called on the National Assembly to have a rethink over its decision to reject electronic transmission of election results.
Omene also condemned the subordination of the independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the authority and approval of the National Communication Commission (NCC) and National Assembly.
Omene said UPU views the rejection of electronic transmission of polling unit’s election as a red flag about the integrity of the 2023 general election that it would be compromised.
“To restore the faith of our people in the next elections, UPU calls on the National Assembly to return to the path of integrity by clear unconditional support for electoral laws and processes that will provide confidence and fidelity by way of transmission of polling unit results through electronic infrastructure that INEC has piloted and demonstrated to the public successfully in several states,’’ he added.