PDP: There can’t be credible election without improvement of electoral laws

PDP: There can’t be credible election without improvement of electoral laws
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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said on Friday that the elections in Nigeria will not be credible until there are improvements in the country’s electoral laws.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, stated this in Abuja at a press conference on the party’s resolutions from the 90th meeting of the National Executive Committee on Thursday.

Ologbondiyan said the party resolved to form a broad-based committee to work with the National Assembly and other stakeholders on amending the Electoral Law so that Nigeria’s elections are free, fair and credible.

“For us in the PDP, we believe that until there are improvements in our electoral laws, our elections are not going to be credible and this is going to endanger our democracy.

“So the PDP has resolved to form a committee that will work in conjunction with NASS members elected on our party’s platform and other stakeholders, as well as to form a broad-based committee that will work with our legislators.

“We are also going to involve civil society in electoral reforms.

“As a party, we have seen that the issue of electoral fraud, abuse and hijacking of the electoral process can only be redeemed if all Nigerians agree in unison that we must change the rules.

“That is why the PDP has agreed to work together with CSOs, religious organizations and community leaders to entrench a law in the system where people can actually elect their representatives.”

Ologbondiyan also revealed that the party had decided to opt for an electronic membership campaign for the first quarter of 2021.

“As you know, even the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is considering the possibility of holding electronic elections.

“If you look at the election that was held in Edo where the results were transferred on the INEC portal of the units, the base of the election, to the collation center, that denied and ruled out the tendency of thugs to hijack results and change them.

“By the first quarter of next year, we could have started the pilot plan.”

Ologbondiyan added that the NEC also agreed to strengthen the PDP reconciliation processes at both the zonal and national levels.

“Modalities have already been created and I am sure that before the end of the year we are likely to see the arrival of leaders.

“Even the PDP governors’ forum and other party bodies have also agreed to reconcile with our members and leaders when we have problems.”

He added that to prepare Nigerians before the 2023 elections, the PDP was going to create a committee that would review its manifesto to meet the demands of Nigerians and current demands in the country.

He noted that the Committee led by Governor Bala Mohammed that reviewed the performance of the PPD in the 2019 general elections, informed the CNE about how far it had come and demanded more time.

“They (the committee members) took a preliminary report to NEC and disclosed the areas they had been able to cover in the assignment and asked for more time.”

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