The Peoples Democratic Party has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission to walk the talk on the conduct of governorship elections in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa states slated for November 11.
The INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, had at the weekend assured that the Commission will deploy the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and the INEC Result Viewing portal for the conduct of the election.
The Commission’s chairman also said results will be uploaded and transmitted by electronic means from the polling units to INEC’s central server in real time.
Reacting to Prof Yakubu’s statements, the PDP charged INEC to make good its promise as the party will not accept anything less.
At a media conference in Abuja on Sunday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba said the use of the stated technology devices for elections was a mandatory statutory requirement of the law.
Ologunagba said: “The PDP holds INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu directly responsible and accountable to his pronouncements and that INEC is bound by law to electronically transmit results directly from the polling units using these technologies.
“The PDP is fully prepared for these elections and in line with the commitment of INEC, will not accept any other means of transmitting results in these elections except as this manner pronounced by the INEC Chairman in line with requirement of Electoral Act, 2022.
“The PDP has commenced training of our polling agents at all levels to ensure total compliance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) Electoral Act, 2022, INEC Guidelines and Regulations especially as confirmed by the INEC Chairman
“INEC chairman must note that the integrity of an election process is directly linked to the confidence of the electorate”.
The party expressed confidence in its candidates to win the governorship elections in the three states.