We’re working assiduously to improve nation’s electoral process, says Alli

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Senator Sharafadeen Alli (APC-Oyo South) has said that the joint committee of the 10th National Assembly on electoral matters is working assiduously to improve the nation’s electoral process.

This is contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Akeem Abas and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Ibadan.

Alli, the Chairman Senate Committee on Electoral Matters, disclosed this while featuring on a Channels Television programme ‘Sunrise Daily.’

He said that the last general election was better than previous elections, adding there have been significant improvements on the electoral process.

The lawmaker commended the 9th National Assembly under the leadership of Sen. Ahmed Lawan for passing the 2022 Electoral law which allowed the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) as game changer.

He said the Electoral Act 2022 brought lots of improvements to the voting process and other legislations concerning the election.

“We will work assiduously to ensure improvement on the technology deployed for the electoral process and guidelines already in place,” he said.

On technology, he said that efforts would be made to ensure the BVAS machine store data to prevent interval reconfiguration of the machine by INEC.

The lawmaker, who said that the electoral law does not mandate INEC to upload results on a portal, said they would mandate INEC to upload every result on the portal in the coming elections.

“We were in Lagos some days back for a retreat. By the 28 of this month, we are having another town hall meeting here in Abuja to ensure people bare their mind on the electoral laws.

“We, in the 10th Senate will ensure laws are made to have positive impacts on the electoral process and our people. We want to ensure that by next year, we would have made lots of improvements,” he said.

Alli said that they would abridge the time for filing and concluding petitions, adding pre-election matters must be concluded before elections, while election matters are concluded before swearing-in.

The lawmaker said that majority of Nigerians and INEC itself wants the commission unbundled in terms of functions, while every matter concerning electoral process would be looked into to allow for more transparency in our electoral system.

He agreed that there was no perfect elections anywhere in the world, saying the electoral process in Nigeria was getting better on daily basis.

“Perfection is relative. We still have issues on election across the world. If we can improve the electoral process to get 90 percent perfection, then we are good for it,” he said.

Alli, who was part of the team that monitored the just concluded Liberian presidential election, described it as well organised, transparent and fair.

The lawmaker lauded the patriotism displayed by Liberians during the election, urging Nigerians to emulate such attitude as they look forward to a greater country.

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