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Governor Okowa: National Assembly’s adoption of e-transmission of results, victory for democracy

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State believes that Nigeria's brand of fiscal federalism is skewed to favour an all-powerful federal government, with states left to make do with the crumbs falling off the master's table.

The Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that Tuesday’s volte-face by the National Assembly on the electronic transmission of election results was a victory for democracy.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, Okowa lauded the Senate for hearkening to the wishes of Nigerians by reversing themselves and voting to include electronic transmission of results in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021, thereby empowering the Independent National Electoral Commission, to electronically transmit election results.

Okowa, who was among prominent Nigerians that chided the Senate for rejecting electronic transmission of election results when the amendment bill was passed earlier in the year, reminded the lawmakers that as representatives of the people, they should always act in the interest of the generality of Nigerians.

He said, “Laws are made for the people, not for personal interests and as such, we must always act in the interest of the public.

“Part of the challenges we are facing today as a nation stems from lack of faith in the electoral process which has huge implications on socio-economic activities in the country, including foreign direct investments.

“Once we are able to get the people to have faith in our electoral process, where the people can truly decide who leads them, part of our problems would have been solved.”

He also commended INEC for always striving to improve the credibility of the electoral process in the country.

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