Forum of Presidential Candidates Urge Buhari Not To Sign Electoral Bill
The forum of presidential candidates in the forthcoming elections has called on President Muhammadu Buhari not append his signature to the Electoral Bill, which the National Assembly has since transmitted to him for assent.
Chairman of the forum Alhaji Kabir Mohammed made the call while speaking with Radio Nigeria in Abuja.
Alhaji Mohammed said the new Act, which stipulates electronic verification of voters and transmission of results would deliberately disenfranchise many voters, especially in the rural and remote areas of the country, due to obvious constraints of power supply and internet connectivity.
He stressed that constraints and impediments of time and resources in difficult terrains will deliberately deny many local communities the opportunity to vote should the card reader devices malfunction said INEC would not be able to respond fast to address the situation.
Mohammed argued that the time was rather too close to the election to enable INEC train its staff, especially its ad hoc staff, on how to handle the electronic devices, adding that INEC should not be given any opportunity to postpone the elections.
The Chairman of Forum who is also, the presidential candidate of Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, APDA, said there are deliberate hurdles capable of derailing the 2019 general elections and threaten to sue President Muhammadu Buhari if he signs it into law.
He therefore appealed to those pushing Buhari to assent to the new bill to desist from it in other not disrupt the electoral calendar and forcing the electoral umpire to adjust its programme to accommodate the personnel, budget and other logistics under the guise of abiding by the provisions of the new law.
The forum comprises of forty political parties in the country.
BY: GEORGINA HUMPHREY/ABUJA