Electoral Act: End of road for election riggers, says ex-gov candidate

A governorship candidate in Imo State in the 2019 election, Uche Nwosu, has described the newly signed 2022 Electoral Act, as “end of the road” for corrupt politicians who rely on subverting the electoral process.

While commending the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for the “courageous step”, he argued that with the coming of the new Electoral Act, it would be difficult for those who may have perfected plans to rig their ways into power in 2023.

Nwosu, in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Sunday night, said that apart from making it easier for the Independent National Electoral Commission to deliver credible elections, it would go a long way to boost voters’ confidence in the process and help check the disturbing cases of voter apathy witnessed in recent elections.

According to him, by signing the Electoral Bill into law, President Buhari has demonstrated strong commitment to sanitizing the electoral process before leaving office.

He said, “I want to congratulate President Muhamamadu Buhari for being courageous enough to sign the Electoral Bill. It is a new dawn for Nigeria’s democracy. It shows that the President is a man of integrity, when you say a thing, you accomplish it, that’s what a leader should be. The new Electoral Bill will change election process in the country.

“If you look at it very well, you see that it is no more time for politicians to find their way into office even when there is no election and the time has gone when someone will stay in Abuja or anywhere else and declare himself winner of any election.

“This election that is coming in 2023 is a grassroots election, if you’re not popular among the people, you can never win. So the new Electoral Act is a good thing that has happened to this country because it will change the political atmosphere.”

Speaking on the release of the comprehensive timetable for the 2023 elections, Nwosu commended INEC, adding that the timely publication of the dates for the election, would give politicians and political parties ample time to get prepared.

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