Electoral Bill: Buhari undermining democratic wishes of Nigerians, says NCFront

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The National Consultative Front (NCFront) says President Muhammadu Buhari has left no one in doubt about the poly to undermine democratic wishes of Nigerians in 2023 with is refusal to assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill expected to empower Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the quest for electronic transmission of results.

NCFront in a statement by its Head Public Affairs Bureau, Dr. Tanko Yunusa, said the refusal amounted to indiscretion and utter disregard to the mood of the country and expectations of the international community.

The NCFront, while noting that the president anchored his refusal to assent to the bill on the provision on direct primaries, said the provision for direct primaries “Largely appears a booby trap activated to frustrate popular demands for electronic transmission of results.”

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Yunusa said, “It is recalled that electronic voting was overwhelmingly canvassed by Nigerians following rejection by both chambers of the National Assembly.

“Consequently, we however perceived the conundrum of direct primaries in the Electoral Amendment Bill as a smokescreen by enemies of electoral reforms deployed to frustrate electronic transmission of results.

“It is unfortunate that President Buhari refused to assent electronic transmission of results as introduced by INEC in spite of the high level of transparency witnessed in the polls conducted recently; particularly during the November 6 Governorship Election in Anambra State.”

“It is indeed regrettable that President Buhari and the APC appear recalcitrant in their determination to reverse the gains recorded with the introduction of a biometric system that led to the deployment of Permanent Voter Card and Card Reader Machine during the 2015 election.

“Under President Buhari, there appears to be a deliberate attempt to undermine INEC and frustrate further reforms that will invest the electoral system with transparency.

“NCF therefore categorically decries the self-centred and retrogressive agenda targeted at eroding the faith of the citizens in the electoral process through deliberate orchestration of barriers against reforms by INEC.”