Former chairman of Bayelsa State Electricity Board and ex aide to Governor Timipre Sylva, Chief George Fente has hailed the Acting President over his resolution to ensure that the vote of the people count in the 2011 general election.
According to him, such pronouncement will promote wide participation in the next electoral process in the country.
Chief Fente, a former Political Adviser to Governor Timipre Sylva, said though the refusal of the Senate to adopt the use of the electronic voting system in the 2011 election is unsettling and anti-democratic, the position of the Acting President to encourage wide participation in the general polls and stop rigging should be commended and a new voting pattern adopted by the country.
Chief George Fente, who spoke yesterday in Yenagoa through a statement signed under the aegis of the Movement for Good Governance, said the Presidency and the National Assembly should work harmoniously towards enthroning an electoral system that will encourage free and fair polls in 2011.
He noted with concern the refusal of the Senate to accept the use of electronic voting system as contradicting the position of the Acting President on the need for free and fair polls in 2011.
â€œThere is no way the nation can experience actual vote counting during next year’s election as promised by the Acting President under the present system which encourages multiple voting and large scale rigging and irregularities.
â€œFor a credible election that will stand the test of time, the use of electronic voting machine remains the only viable and sustainable option to achieve an enduring democracy as practiced in some western countries,â€ he said.