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Wike faults Buhari’s refusal to sign Electoral Act

Updated Jun 12 2019 12:06 pm

The Rivers State Governor  Nyesom Wike says  the crisis that marred  the general elections would have been avoided if President Muhammadu Buhari had signed  the amended Electoral Act.

Wike  said  the amended Electoral Act would legitimise the card reader system and strengthen the process of results collation.

The governor spoke during a courtesy visit by a political team from the British High Commission to  Government House in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

He said, “If the President had assented to the amended Electoral Act, we wouldn’t have had the kind of problem we had.

“That means that there must be card readers in the electoral process; it makes it difficult for the  security agencies who want to commit electoral fraud to succeed.”

Wike added, “With card readers, results that don’t tally with the accredited figures in the device will not be accepted. Since card reader is not in the law, it creates loopholes for them to manipulate.

“They created  room  for  some security officials  who tried to force Returning Officers to sign result sheets. Remember in Rivers State, the Army took over  INEC headquarters.

“The essence of that was to see that the Returning Officers were hijacked for fraudulent purposes. But if the card reader system  had been  legitimised in the Electoral Act, it would not have been possible.”


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