Former Minister of Information and Culture, Prof. Jerry Gana, has said that it will be very difficult to rig the 2023 general elections with the introduction of the Bi-Modal Voters Accreditation Machine System (BIVAS).
The chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made this known at the 11th edition of the Change We Need Nigeria Initiative Lecture Series on Friday in Abuja. Gana, who was the Chairman of the occasion, said the new technological advancement in the new electoral system will encourage Nigerians to vote for credible leaders. The PDP stalwart added that the 2023 election has every opportunity to be credible and fair for Nigeria with the introduction of the technology. He said, “We hope the technology will work on election day. We think that the BIVAS that they brought out is credible but it should work. There is every opportunity this time around that the election is going to be credible and fair. “The former process of collation was not healthy because results were changed after leaving the polling centres before it gets to the collation centres but this time around there is hope and encouragement.” Earlier in his remark, the General Overseer of the Charismatic Renewal Ministries Inc., and initiator of the project, Dr Cosmas Ilechukwu, said the success of the coming election will depend on some critical stakeholders. He said: “We have faced leadership selection over the years and the resistance to the current order of things which if not well managed may snowball into uprisings as experienced during the #EndSARS campaign. ‘’Efforts must be made to encourage the people to go out and vote freely, the electoral umpire must figure out the best way to effect the deployment of staff and materials to these units safely and on time, the impartial status of these security agencies is necessary for the credibility of the outcome of the election.’’
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