The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has supported the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use smart card readers and Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for the 2015 general elections.
The congress hinged its support on the premise that the use of the SCRs and PVCs would make rigging almost impossible and produce transparent and credible elections.
The Deputy President of the NLC, Mr. Peter Adeyemi, who made this position known while speaking at the opening of a voter education and sensitization workshop for workers in Abuja yesterday, said elected politicians would be more accountable to the people and good governance promoted in all sectors if the elections are credible.
The workshop was organised by the Centre for Labour Studies and Advocacy (CLASA) in collaboration with INEC.
Adeyemi added that the congress would support any other process that would make the general election a credible one.
“Lack of credible polls in the past has made politicians to act as they wish, with impunity, because for them the electorate do not matter, as they do not consider the electorate as the source of their elections”, he said.
“When a politician realises he cannot joke with the electorate, he will deliver on his mandate because he knows the electorate would be waiting for him in the next election. Good governance would prevail”, he said.
The NLC chieftain, however, called on INEC to carry along all stakeholders in the electoral process so that its efforts would not be sabotaged.
He also cautioned politicians against heating the polity unnecessary and causing violence since it is the masses who usually bear the brunt of such violent acts.
In his remarks at the workshop, the Executive Director of CLASA, John Odah, noted that some politicians are desperately trying to stop the use of the card readers because it would make rigging almost an impossible task.
“We call on them to leave INEC alone. INEC has already agreed with the political parties that where the card reader does not work for a voter, the person would fill an incident form and complete the rest of the process manually”, he explained.