- A former chairman of the defunct National Electoral Commission (NEC), Professor Humphrey Nwosu, has said that he does not believe in a multiparty system
- Nwosu said he frowns at any activity that may want to cause violence during elections
- The ex NEC chairman also condemned the presence of the military during elections
A former chairman of the defunct National Electoral Commission (NEC), Professor Humphrey Nwosu, who conducted the cancelled 1993 presidential election, has said Nigeria has woefully failed to build on the “strong foundations” of the past.
The former chairman of NEC made this known in an interview with Channels TV where he also shared thoughts on ballot snatching , multi-party system, and the use of the military in elections.
On the issue of multi-party system, Nwosu said he does not see any sense in it, but would rather prefer a two major party system, saying most of the smaller parties do not have structures across the federation.
He said: “I should not advocate for 93 or 91 (parties), it doesn’t make sense to me. Effectively, I feel these two (major) parties sponsor some of the parties and some of them withdraw because of lack of funds. Some of them don’t have structures.
Can they have structures in 36 states of the federation? Can they have structures in 774 local government areas? Can they have structures in 6,927 wards? Will they be able to monitor elections that take place in 120,000 polling stations all over Nigeria? And that is why I thought we are not building on strong foundations we laid in the past.
When asked what he thought about ballot snatchers, he said he would always condemn anyone who will want to disrupt elections with violence, saying he supports the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman on the issue.
He said: “I would condemn anyone who has any intention of snatching (ballot boxes), using violence to mar this election. I will condemn it, but I will identify myself with what the law says, which the INEC chairman had said. Such people, if they are identified, should be dealt with according to the law, which says (they should get) up to 10 years imprisonment (or pay) N500,000 fine or both…”
The ex NEC chairman also condemned the use of military during the election, preferring the use of police as people could easily be scared with the presence of the army.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that INEC disclosed that a total of 72.7 million of Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) were collected across the country ahead of the general elections.
The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, at a press conference on Thursday, February 21, noted that the 72.7m of PVCs collected represents 86.3% of the over 84m registered voters in the country.
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