Technology, INEC’s transparency can guarantee credible elections- Diri

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, on Sunday said that the successful introduction and deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System by the Independent National Electoral Commission, has given hope for credible elections in the country.

The commission had on Saturday introduced and tested the new voter accreditation device while conducting the Isoko South Constituency 1 Bye-Election into the Delta State House of Assembly.

Diri commended the chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for the innovative effort, stressing that the successful deployment of the device ensured the accreditation and voting process were fair and credible.

The governor expressed his views in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah.

According to him, once INEC got the accreditation process right with proper usage of technology to electronically transmit the results of elections, the outcomes would reflect the true wishes of the electorate.

He urged the commission to ensure that the governorship elections in Anambra and Osun, as well as the 2023 general elections, were free, fair and credible, noting that the INEC’s honesty would instil confidence in the electoral process.

Diri said, “The successful introduction of the new voter accreditation system in Saturday’s bye-election in Delta State raises a lot of hope for future credible elections. INEC’s sincerity with the electoral process would instil more confidence and bring credibility to elections in the country. I commend Prof. Yakubu and INEC for the bold steps taken to raise the bar for credible elections.

“I urge the electoral umpire to ensure that the forthcoming elections in Anambra, Osun as well as the 2023 general election would benefit from the introduction of technology to make our elections more credible.”

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