By Emma Amaize
WARRI — DEPUTY Governor of Delta State, Prof. Amos Utuama, SAN, has said that the problem of flawed elections in the country did not lie with the chairmen of electoral bodies or inadequacy of enabling legislations, but on intellectual dishonesty.
Utuama, who spoke at a forum on credible elections, organised by the Delta Broadcasting Service in Warri, Delta State, said that the various electoral bodies in the country had overtime been manned by persons of strong character and the various electoral acts were sufficient to guarantee credible polls.
“We need not to add law to law for us to succeed in our electoral system. But the aspect which is lacking and is an essential ingredient to law is what I call, intellectual honesty. Where we do not have intellectual honesty we have malpractice. Unfortunately, intellectual honesty cannot be legislated”, he said.
He reasoned that the electorate voting on the basis of ethnicity, or having been given money by particular aspirants, including the law enforcement officer who turns his eyes the other way when electoral offences were committed, were all exhibiting lack of intellectual honesty.
Utuama, therefore, urged the electorates to ensure that they vote sensibly, adding that the one man, one vote mantra would be meaningless where the voters do not cast their votes wisely.
According to him, the various political parties and the mass media were to blame for the inability of the electorates to cast their votes wisely, explaining that it was the duty of these groups to enlighten the voters.
He noted that elections were not an end in themselves but were the means to good governance, the practice whereby the policies and programmes of the government of the day are aimed at the good and wellbeing of all.
Utuama informed that the three_point agenda of the Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan’s administration: peace and security, infrastructural and human capital developments have succeeded in promoting the well being of the generality of the people of Delta State.