Special Adviser to Edo State Governor, Crusoe Osagie, has said that “there is deliberate election manipulation in areas where the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, is popular.”

Apparently impressed with the commendations it is receiving from the public for a job well done in the just concluded Edo state Governorship Election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has restated its earlier promise that the Anambra 2021 Guber Election will be by Electronic Voting method.

This much was disclosed Monday by INEC Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Barrister Festus Okoye while speaking in the African Independent Television (AIT) breakfast programme ‘Kakaki’.

Okoye reiterated the desire of INEC to experiment with Electronic Voting in next year’s off-season Governorship Election in Anambra state, pointing out that INEC is desirous to use technology to conduct transparent elections going forward.

He however stated that the proposed e-Voting can only be possible if the new Electoral Reforms Act is signed into law before 2021.

Okoye who was a member of Justice Uwais Electoral Reforms Panel agreed that Electoral Reforms are key to the success of INEC.

“We (INEC) are seriously pursuing that. We have made suggestions to the National Assembly (NASS) in many occasions. We have also made recommendations to NASS on how to deploy Technology to bring credibility to our elections”, Okoye revealed.

According to him, we have also harped on Internal Party Democracy as part of the ways to clean up our election imperfections”.

Meanwhile, Okoye has said that INEC has improved in all aspect of the conduct of elections in Nigeria, citing the recent Edo state governorship election as one that has received thumbs up from far and wide in the way INEC conducted it.

He however said INEC takes the blames for the failure of sister agencies in the election conduct like security agencies, transporters, etc .

Okoye thanked Civil Society Groups/Organisations and all stakeholders for the success recorded in Edo state election.

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