Why senate re-ordered election timetable


Senator representing Abia central senatorial district Theodore Orji has given reasons why the senate last week re-ordered the election timetable hitherto put in place by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.


According to Senator Orji, the order is aimed to fight corruption in elections in the country. He said since the present administration is on an anti-corruption fight, the lawmakers are willing to lend their voice to the campaign and they intend to do so through laws and amendments.


”The present government is fighting corruption and in the National Assembly because we want to lend our voices, we must do so through laws and amendments and that is what we have done.


”It is corruption if because a particular party has produced the President then every other candidate of that party receives a boost, to the chagrin of the electorates.


”That method breeds corruption because those prepared to serve the people will miss the opportunity and those who had other thoughts get elected and anything happens. We have looked at the situation and said no, something needs to be done,” he said.


He reiterated that the lawmakers had no one in mind when it amended the Electoral Act.


”The amendment to the act was wholistic and covers the yearnings and aspirations of many Nigerians that have been complaining of the former procedure.


”Why are those complaining about the order of the election not complaining about the overall amendment of the Electoral Act. It is very funny when some people sit down to say it is aimed at this person or that person. Democracy and Nigerians were the only determining factor and not individuals,” he added


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