The failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to transmit the results of the February 25 presidential and national assembly elections from the polling units contrary to its earlier assurances, has betrayed the public confidence in the commission.
A number of Abia voters who spoke with Saturday Vanguard said it would take a miracle for INEC to be trusted again for a credible poll in the country.
For the respondents, INEC has killed something in Nigerian youths who had thought that by the introduction of the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS machines, rigging would be checkmated.
But regrettably, instead of abating, the BVAS rather assisted in “digitalising rigging”, one of the respondents fumed
Prince Solomon is a Youth Leader and a civil servant. He told our Correspondent that he would never believe INEC again.
Former Leader, of ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, in a reaction, said INEC had scammed Nigerians with BVAS. According to him, BVAS was used by INEC to deceive innocent and law-abiding contestants while election riggers colluded with INEC to perfect their acts.
The former lawmaker lamented that never was rigging and manipulation of election results witnessed in a larger scale than the February 25 polls.
Similarly, the Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Abia State chapter, Apostle Emmanuel Agonmuo, has expressed disappointment over the outcome of the 2023 presidential and national assembly elections, saying the exercise was highly flawed.