2023 Election Will Be Nigeria’s Best – Lawan
The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan says the upcoming general election will be the best in the country’s history.
The senate president said the national assembly worked hard to ensure it produced the Electoral Act to guide the processes.
Lawan said this when he hosted an EU delegation led by Thomas Boserup, deputy chief observer, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
He said the use of the bimodal voter accreditation system (BVAS) would reduce electoral fraud.
“The general elections this year will probably be the best. This is because we worked so hard in the national assembly to produce a very good document to guide the electoral environment in Nigeria,” he said.
“The amendment to the Electoral Act was signed into law by Mr President last year and the INEC has been given ample opportunity and a great deal of latitude to introduce technology in the elections.
“The introduction of BVAS(Bimodal Voter Accreditation System) I think will go a long way in ensuring that election fraud and manipulations are reduced to the barest minimum.
We believe that has been one of the serious issues that bedevilled our elections previously.
“The thing that motivates us more is what we have been able to give to INEC. I think INEC is a princely institution. We have always prioritised INEC.
“We believe that INEC shouldn’t be in want. Where INEC makes a request, we believe we should always give INEC what our country can afford.
“Where we are able to give everything, we should do so. If we have to meet INEC halfway, we must have a strong reason to do so. This is because we don’t want any excuse from INEC.
“We want INEC to perform very well. We want the elections in 2023 to be very credible and very transparent and with the introduction of BVAS, we believe we can achieve that feat.”
In a separate meeting with former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Lawan commended him for his role in the recent election of his country.
“I must commend you for the stance you took in the recent election outcome in Kenya. You are an African patriot and you are an African democrat and a leader,” he said.
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