Abuja — Alhaji Balarabe Musa, National Chairman of Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, has urged the Federal Government to carry out a total reform of the electoral process.
Musa, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja, said it would help to reduce tension in the country.
He noted that Nigerians approved a complete overhaul of the electoral process, to ensure transparent and peaceful elections in the country.
“The whole purpose for the electoral reform, every Nigerian agrees, is to ensure the electoral process is credible.
“It must be credible and capable of bringing about free, fair and transparent election leading to a legitimate government and solving the perpetual crisis Nigerians are facing, particularly after every national election,” he said.
The PRP chairman decried the current trend in which candidates were imposed on the electorate without consideration for their freedom of choice.
He, therefore, advised stakeholders to imbibe the culture of fairness and accountability, to empower citizens to actively participate in the electoral process.
“Parties no longer have respect for the electorate because they can gain access to elective positions without their (electorate) votes counting.
“At every level you find many aspirants are schemed under one guise or another to ensure that so called anointed candidates can manipulate their way into office.
“We can only curb these excesses when we carry out the full implementation of genuine reforms in the system.”
Even the government acknowledges the fact that a credible electoral process is necessary,” Musa said.
He urged the current administration to avoid making “inflammatory” statements capable of undermining the peaceful conduct of the 2011 general elections.