By Gbenga Ariyibi
Ado Ekiti-As moreÂ NigeriansÂ areÂ making caseÂ for the review of electoral reforms, aÂ Â member of the House of Representatives, Mr Gbenga Elegbeleye hasÂ joined the league of those callingÂ for the adoption of anÂ open ballot system in the nation’sÂ electoral process just as he canvassesÂ forÂ appointment into the position of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)Â be made from the ranks ofÂ retired justices t in the nation.
Elegbeleye who is the Deputy -ChairmanÂ House Committee on SportsÂ spoke with the newsmen inÂ Ado EkitiÂ yesterday said the re- adoption of the open ballotÂ systemÂ would save the country fromÂ theÂ various electoral frauds being witnessed in the country in the past
Elegbeleye who representsÂ Akoko North East/ Akoko North West of Ondo StateÂ in the lower chamber of the National Assembly said the open ballot system wasÂ more transparent and credible, ” with the adoption of open ballot systemÂ Â theÂ theÂ problems ofÂ ballot snaching , multiple voting and other electoral frauds would be a thing of the past”
”l believeÂ in openÂ ballot system, it is better and more credible becuse you can see thoseÂ who areÂ Â lining upÂ behind the picture of a candidate of their choice”
On who should be the chairman of the INEC after the electoral reforms, the legislator said he did not support the idea ofÂ making the National Judicial Council [NJC] responsibleÂ forÂ picking the chairman of INEC , sayingÂ such a function could still be left with the presidency to nominateÂ the chairman subject to the ratification of the national Assembly
He , however submitted that such aÂ person must be a personÂ of integrity and long record ofÂ unblemishedÂ character.
” l support a situation in which retired justices of the Supreme Court , or Court of Appeal or Federal High Courts are appointed the chairman of INEC
Elegbeleye noted thatÂ such an electoral reforms must be made before 2011 generalÂ elections.”