By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
CALABAR—Labour Party in Cross River State has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to introduce electronic voting system through the use of Direct Data Capturing machine for the February 25 governorship election in to minimise cases of fraud.
The LP governorship candidate in the state, Mrs. Imah Nsa-Adegoke, who made the call shortly after being adopted as the consensus candidate for the governorship election, decried the use of manual voting by INEC, saying that it promotes electoral fraud.
Mrs. Adegoke said: “INEC has not been able to address the issue of electoral fraud because they still rely on ad-hoc staff and policemen for the conduct of elections. It is for this reason that we are calling for the use of electronic voting device and the DDC machines will best address this issue. INEC should use Cross River as a guinea pig for the application of the DDC machines in the conduct of the poll.
“As it is now, it is as if they, INEC, are contented with this paper voting system and this has over the years subjected the electorate to intimidation and financial inducements.”
She pledged to redress injustice against people of the state if voted into power in the February 25 election, adding that her party would redress injustice and alleviate the sufferings of the people if given the mandate to rule the state. “When a man is able to alleviate his suffering, what happens is that, he is restored, his dignity is restored,” she added.
According to her, LP government will construct rural roads across the state to enable rural farmers convey their proceeds with ease to the urban areas, adding that she has five point political agenda, which she tagged I-HEARD, Infrastructure, Health, Education, Agriculture, Research and Development.”