2020: Ekweremadu Harps on Electoral Reforms
Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has stressed the need to prioritise the reform of the nation’s electoral processes in the year 2020.
Ekweremadu, who also harped on justice and fairness for national unity and development, reasoned that concluding the process early would minimise partisanship in the reforms, unlike what is obtainable when the elections are close.
He made the call in his New Year Message to Nigerians on Tuesday, regretting that the nation had failed to consolidate on the gains of electoral reforms carried out in 2010 and before the 2015 elections.
“As we step into 2020, it is important that we see early conclusion of further electoral reforms as a major priority for the country.
“The quality and public confidence in our elections have seriously deteriorated post-2015 as the nation has failed to build on the gains of the electoral reforms that produced the international acclaims that trailed the 2011 and 2015 general elections.
“The failure to sign into law the Electoral Act Amendment ahead of the 2019 general elections to mainstream the Smart Card Reader, electronic voter accreditation, electronic transmission of voter accreditation, electronic voting, video inspection of electoral materials, among others, into our electoral system was particularly a huge setback for the country.
“However, I believe that there would be less partisan interference and considerations if the current reforms are concluded long before the elections to restore public confidence in our electoral process, once again, and improve our democracy and governance”.
Regretting the widening divisions in the country, he called for justice and equity build national unity.
“Going into 2020, there should be conscious steps and political will to build peace and national unity through justice, rapprochement, and galvanisation of the nation’s human and material resources for speedy national development”.
Senator Ekweremadu wished the nation a hitch-free New Year celebration and a prosperous year 2020.