The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the reappointed Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, to use the more than two years ahead of the 2023 general election to rejig the electoral commission.
The party gave the advice in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Wednesday.
Mr Ologbondiyan advised Mr Yakubu to use the period to work out legislations and operational rules that would guarantee a free, credible and all-inclusive electoral process.
He advised him to go to Ghana and the U.S. and take a study from their electoral bodies on how to conduct free, fair, transparent and credible general elections.
He advised Mr Yakubu to learn from the Ghana electoral commission, which was making more room for a more all-inclusive electoral process by starting a special voting system to enable personnel of critical service providers to cast their ballots days ahead of the December 7 election date.
He also advised the INEC Chairman to study how the U.S. credibly conducted a keenly contested 2020 presidential election without recourse to government influence and use of security to suppress the wishes of citizens as expressed at the polling units.
He advised Mr Yakubu to engage political stakeholders for legislations, rules and field procedures, so as to curb violence, ensure the security of electoral materials and guarantee the safety of voters.
“The INEC Chairman should initiate processes and procedures that will guarantee prompt arrival of ballot materials, rapid accreditation and voting, instant transmission of results from polling units as well as seamless collation of figures.
CREDIT: PREMIUM TIMES NG