Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa praised the Independent National Election Commission for declaring its ability to transmit results electronically.
Okowa praised Asaba on Monday while receiving the resident electoral commissioner of INEC in Delta on Monday Udoh-Tom and his leadership team.
The CER was at Government House for an advocacy visit to the Governor on continuous voter registration.
He commended INEC for its efforts to ensure the credibility of the electoral process and for its position to transmit the results electronically.
The governor, however, deplored the rejection by the National Assembly of the electronic transmission of election results.
According to him, the votes of certain members of the chambers of parliament against the electronic transmission of the election results could be interpreted as a plan to rig the elections.
He warned that the rejection of electronic transmission of election results could discourage the country’s efforts to attract foreign direct investment.
“We have to really appreciate the INEC because they think daily about the best ways to move our electoral system forward so that we can minimize all possibilities of fraud.
“Once Nigerians have confidence in our electoral process, many Nigerians will come to register and vote in the elections.
“We need to change the rhetoric of many Nigerians that whether they vote or not, the results will always be the way they want,” he said.
Okowa congratulated the president of INEC for coming to insist that INEC had the capacity to actually transmit the results of the elections.
He said there was no reason for a Nigerian to want to vote for the non-transmission of election results.
“It’s not only good for our economy and our image as a nation, because until people learn to trust our electoral processes, it will be difficult for people to come and do business with us. “, did he declare.
He added that it was “doable and possible” saying that we have all seen it with the Edo State elections.
Okowa said he believes the processes and technology in place will help make it work.
He said Nigerians should pray and plan for a free process and better improvement in every election even before the 2023 general election.
Okowa revealed that he will be doing a show to educate the public and various groups in the state, religious leaders and traditional rulers about the ongoing CVR.
He said the state government will continue to provide voter education and urged all government officials to mobilize their people for the exercise.
“I urge you all to mobilize your staff for both online and in-person registration.
“I can see that INEC is ready to do the right thing and I stand with the level of transparency that will make Nigerians trust the process and vote more on election day.
“We have to disillusion the minds of Nigerians and the process starts from now to ensure that we now have a credible electoral process,” he said.