Story By Admin Saturday July 24, 2021
Senator Kola Mohammed Balogun representing Oyo South Senatorial District has disclosed that he voted for electronic transmission of results because of the desire of the people of his senatorial district to see improved electoral system come 2023.
Senator Balogun made this disclosure while speaking with Journalists on Friday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
It would be recalled that the Senate ruled out the possibility of having results transmitted electronically when it voted that the Nigerian Communications Commission, with National Assembly approval, would determine whether the Independent National Electoral Commission could transmit results electronically or not.
Senator explained that voting in favour of election results to be transmitted electronically will promote democracy in Nigeria and ensure free, fair and credible election for the nation. He said supporting the bill on the floor of the Senate was one of the essence of his representation at the red chamber not minding the attitudes and responses of majority of the senators.
The Senator stated that for Nigeria to progress and witness expected development, it is important people to put aside all forms of personal or party interest and do what is right irrespective of the difficulties.
Senator Balogun expressed surprise that Nigeria as a nation is still at a primitive stage of discussing whether to transmit election results electronically when countries like Ghana, South Africa and some other Africa nations started doing that years ago.
Speaking on the future of electoral system in Nigeria especially that of 2023, the former Commissioner in the Oyo State believed that there may not be significant changes if things continue the way it is adding that what the National Assembly members have done is unconstitutional.
He added that individuals or groups may soon drag the National Assembly to a court of law for acting against the nation’s constitution on the course of action over the electronic transmission of results.
Senator Balogun emphasised on the need for political office holders and representatives of the people to live above board and initiate people driven laws and policies aimed at creating conducive atmosphere, providing employment for the unemployed and attracting more serious minded people into politics for the peace, growth and development of the society.