By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State says that the 2023 General Elections might herald a new era of transparency in the country’s electoral process.
The governor Obaseki made this observation on Wednesday during a meeting with the Transition Committee members at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital, noting that politicians whose aim is to buy votes during the polls might find it tough doing so.
Obaseki backed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the deployment of technology to track and monitor elections in the country.
“INEC itself had also begun its own process of change. They have been worried, scandalised by what happened in Kogi and Bayelsa and were trying to redeem themselves.
“So using technology, they made sure that as soon as you finish voting in the polling unit, that result was uploaded straight into a portal so they can see the pattern which makes it difficult to change results at the collation centers.
“That was what helped us. So any candidate or political party that does not see this and expects that we will do business as we used to do before, we are taking a huge risk.”