Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed the readiness of the Senate to partner with any organisation that could provide the right solutions to flaws in the electoral system.
He further expressed confidence that the recent amendments to the electoral law will strengthen the nation’s electoral process and make it conform with the international best practices.
According to Saraki, the newly amended electoral law, when assented to, will eliminate rigging, violence, and other malpractices associated with the voting process.
The Senate president made this known while receiving a delegation of Safran IS, an international biometric and identity management company, that visited him, in Abuja, yesterday.
His words, “I believe the amendments will strengthen our electoral processes, particularly at the transmission of results to the various stages of collation.
“We made a lot of progress with the introduction of the card reader during the 2015 general elections, and it is our commitment and determination to improve on that during subsequent elections.
“One of the things that I think is the big issue during elections is in the area of transmission of results, and it has been something that we need to improve on, and we need to get that done before 2019”, he said.
“I am confident that if we can get the electronic transmission right, we will begin to have an election process that can compete with what obtains in any other part of the world.
“We want a situation that as soon as results are announced at polling units, we should be able to receive them across board. I think when we are able to do that, the challenges associate with physical result transmission would be a thing of the past,” he said.
The Senate president, therefore, urged Safran to collaborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and support their initiative.
Earlier, the leader of the
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