Nigerians have been advised to be vigilant as the general elections approach. The call was made, yesterday, by a group, Voting Right Movement, VRM.
The group also frowned at some recent political happenings in the country, pointedly advising all stakeholders to be mindful of their comments as unguarded words could jeopardize the political process. It insisted that permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) is still the best solution for the prevention or reduction of electoral malpractices. ‘PVCs along with card readers were successful used in the the last elections in Ghana’, it said, and wondered why some Nigerians and stakeholders, including PDP, are against its use.
‘It is conceded that the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) prohibits the use of electronic voting machine but it doesn’t prohibit the use of PVCs and card readers for accreditation/verification of eligible voters’, VTM said, adding that it therefore ‘call on all to endorse and stand by their use in the forthcoming elections’.
It advised Mr Sambo Dasuki, the National Security Adviser, NSA, to be mindful of his comments. ‘We make bold to say that the duty of the NSA is to advise the President on security matters pure and simple’, VRM said, adding that having ‘an NSA assuring that elections will hold is ultra vires; it is not only unprofessional but smacks of impunity’.
The group also posited that President Jonathan lacked the powers to sack Prof. Jega. ‘No, the President has no such powers to fire, remove or ‘’suspend’’ the INEC chairman without recourse to the Senate. We all must have a respect for the rule of law’.