Rivers State Commissioner for Finance, Dr Fred Kpakol, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the electoral bill into law to usher in a regime of free and fair election in the country.
Kpakol made the call while speaking to newsmen after casting his vote at unit 15, ward 4 in K-Dere community, Gokona LGA.
He expressed happiness that the State Assembly supplementary election was smooth and peaceful because of the non-involvement of soldiers.
Kpakol however said that there were initial fears by the Gokona people that soldiers would be involved in the process, but that the people came out in their numbers to cast their vote when they saw only policemen.
He said, “There were initial apprehension of the people when the election started thinking the military would come in like they did in the other elections and after the rainfall in the morning as well.
“But after one to two hours people started coming out when the rain stopped and also knowing that soldiers were not involved.
“My very strong appeal is that I am calling on the President to sign the electoral act. When the electoral act is signed, I believe everything will work according to standards,” he stated.
The Commissioner commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting a credible election this time around, but urged the electoral umpire to do more.
“I think INEC has tried this time around, but there is still room for improvement. They should do more to keep improving the electoral process because the more they improve we will have credible elections in the country and that is a way to strengthen democracy,” Kpakol said.