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Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Trumpcard05: 6:38am On Sep 13
The perception that Nigerian elections are usually rigged, has for long been a subject of general consensus. It would therefore be unfair to blame those who are apprehensive that the Edo election scheduled for next Saturday would be rigged.

Interestingly, even if the contest turns out to be free and fair, many would still see it as a miracle bearing in mind the posture of the present Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC towards the deployment of technology for elections.

Any analyst who has watched our elections since 2015 must have been left to ponder over what the commission understands to be today’s global best practices in the conduct of elections.

With only 6 days to the Edo polls, it is surprising that the priority of INEC is the deployment of several national and resident electoral commissioners to the state as if a state requires more than one commissioner.

While it is bad if INEC is unaware that the problem on ground cannot be solved at the level of commissioners, it is worse if she knows but seeks to engage in circumlocution.

The issue on ground is institutional integrity and credibility of our election umpire. How for instance, has INEC dealt with the revelation that the resident electoral commissioner in the same Edo state is a politician?

When the allegation was first made public, some people assumed it was false hence INEC ignored it. Rather than the expectation of denial of the allegation, the official spokesman of the commission said on national television last Thursday that the matter is not for INEC to handle because electoral commissioners are appointed not by the electoral body but by the President and the Senate.

In other words, INEC would accommodate any person whether a devil or indeed a dead person provided the appointment was made by the appropriate authority.
We believe, however, that the commission should have first doused public apprehension by deploying the affected person from an active location while drawing official attention to the anomaly. If not, how can the public be confident that INEC commissioners most of whom people felt were of impeccable character are not similarly tainted?
Painfully, INEC also shifted blame to the public for allegedly not raising objections to the appointment during screening and confirmation. The argument is weak because whether people objected or not, a person with a partisan background can never be seen as a credible referee.

At whatever point an alarm is raised, steps ought to be taken to recuse the appointee from the impartial team which the public sees as Caesar’s wife that is above board.

The sentimental calls for the redeployment of an otherwise innocent Amina Zakari during the 2019 elections was supported by many only for the sake of electoral credibility.
Again, public participation in the clearance of appointees for office, is not encouraged because our Senate has since placed the subject on an instant ‘bow and go’ system. Thus, many appointees in Nigeria carry along with them to their offices, ample legal disability which should never happen to an electoral commission.

Perhaps a more objectionable phenomenon is lack of credibility of operations. Although Nigerians have consistently pleaded with our election managers to do what is done elsewhere to take us out of the cycle of failed elections, they seem obliged to repeatedly do the same thing while assuring the public of better days ahead.

When INEC announced plans to introduce what it called Z-pad and election viewing portal to enhance the credibility of elections, many including this columnist applauded her. While the Z-pad would enhance voter biometrics, the portal would display results at every unit making subsequent alteration almost impossible.

The new frustrating position is that INEC has withdrawn the Z-pad for Edo election thereby returning us to the old situation where politicians used unclaimed PVCs to record fake votes for themselves.

claim by INEC that the portal will still be deployed is bogus because she knows full well that the portal cannot identify fictitious votes but would accurately display ALL votes. Without the Z-pad, the portal is a smokescreen.

The withdraw of the Z-pad, makes it the second time since 2015, that INEC would dash hopes by putting aside technology which she made the nation invest huge sums into for both the procurement of materials and training of officials.
What our people anxiously desire now is an open system and not the old hide and seek game in which the commission allows election malpractices to occur behind the scenes, before coming out openly to read the resultant convoluted figures in front of television cameras. This mischief was probably why former President Goodluck Jonathan called for e-voting in Africa last week.

Politicians who argue that Nigerians are not advanced enough for the reform didn’t make same claims when e-passport was introduced to stop fake travellers, or when e-salary system was adopted to stop ghost workers.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/09/edo-governorship-election-fear-of-rigging-rises/

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by martineverest(m): 6:49am On Sep 13
PDP will rig APC this time to ensure total Victory

there is no way APC could win PDP in Edo state, rigging or free and dair

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Guyman02: 6:49am On Sep 13
One strategy that we have noticed under this administration is for them to burn down INEC offices and card reader storage, then everything will be done manually, the security agents and thugs in fake military uniforms will drive round polling stations shooting and scaring away voters and snatching ballot boxes, then a University Professor will be appointed to announce fake results.

The loser who was rigged out will be told by the Godless winner that Power belongs to God and he gives it to whoever he wishes and he should accept the results as the 'will' of the people.

He is then advised to proceed to court which will take several months after which 7 judges will give a verdict that makes no sense to any reasonable person based on technicalities, if Justice Tanko Idris is presiding the judgement will be in favour of APC, if Justice Mary Odili is presiding the judgement will be in favour of PDP.

Then the activists will go back to holding seminars on implementing electoral reforms and on your way to work in the vehicle radio you will hear Nigerians ranting and lamenting about how the price of garri and local rice has increased and how the election was rigged in their area which makes no sense to Buhari.

Then you open Nairaland to check the outcome of the election and all you will see are comments like anyone that IPOB support loses election, Igbos should leave Lagos for Omoluabi, damn Niggar Issoright, Edo no be Lagos, Shame to Ambode, Tinubu should go back to Iragbiji, from all of us at MANNABBQGRILL, Nnamdi Kanu said it, Afonja led him to failure, Mynd55 rule 2, Local Man is tired, wetin Musa no go see for gate, Musa moves his gate to another location, zombies come and see, wailers, Righteousness99 according to John 3:24, the loser should repent and seek the face of the Lord before the rapture cool

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Olatunji1929: 6:49am On Sep 13
APC did it in kogi,kano and osun and our useless supreme court supported it, they will still try it in Edo and ondo state, obaseki and pdp should arm enough thugs and militants if they dont want kano and kogi scenario in Edo

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by WonderManly(m): 6:49am On Sep 13

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Matrimonous: 6:50am On Sep 13
There'll always be rigging in Naija. It's no longer news. Who is afraid of what we've become used to?
Our rubbish political system is begging for a revolution.

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by FakeMillionaire: 6:51am On Sep 13
Apc agenda no go agend...

bcus...

4+4=Obaseki.

Edo no be Lagos!

Edolites lets dance jare...

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by harryjunior17(m): 6:52am On Sep 13
Rigging is the status quo in Nigeria ..

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by gafmod: 6:53am On Sep 13
Mad people �����

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Kennitrust(m): 6:53am On Sep 13
APC are coming with federal might but local might will fight them to a standstill.

The only purpose of that dollar thief is to deploy a road map of rigging but all of them will be put to shame this time.



APC is rejected everywhere.

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Mgbadike80: 6:53am On Sep 13
Ganduje arrived for the APC campaign with a presidential jet and you think that the election would be free and fair? Nigeria would suffer for 600 years unless they let my people go.

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Sunnycliff(m): 6:54am On Sep 13
Let the politicians kee demselves. They are opposite sides of same coin

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Timekeeper: 6:54am On Sep 13
Is there any election without rigging in Nigeria?


So why the fear??

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by nafisu(m): 6:54am On Sep 13
rigging is a norm in this country. we are not even ready to change that.

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Harunabisanti: 6:54am On Sep 13
Pray for peace
Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by pbetu(m): 6:55am On Sep 13
Make this saturday kukuma come abeg...
Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by VirginSearcher(m): 6:55am On Sep 13
APC will rig nonsense and ingredients into Obaseki's head.. Let him ask Dino, Abba Gida, Wada they will explain to him better

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Ladiesdoctor(m): 6:55am On Sep 13
I still dey surprise why some people go still dey support anything that is affiliated with Bubu.

Bad governance = APC
Insecurity = APC
Hardship = APC
Nepotism = APC
Fuel Increase = APC
Etc etc

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by NoRetreat(m): 6:55am On Sep 13
Might is right and the majority had been pushed off the road to give room for the vocal minority who has wherewithal to frustrate and manipulate the system to their standard without shame.
Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Patosky4U: 6:55am On Sep 13
Let the party that can rig well win the election grin angry

Like if PDP will outsmart APC in the rigging game, share if you think APC we take the rigging to a new height grin



All I know though is that the election must first be announce inconclusive.

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Judeerons32: 6:56am On Sep 13
By who? Nigerians should learn to stop lamenting when things do not go their way. If you loose loose gallantly. Not bore us with excuses even before the whistle is blown. There was no z-pad in Rivers 2015 governorship election and I did not hear people complain.
Edo will vote September 19,2020. Whoever suffers a lose should go to court and not caste doubt on an election that has not even been conducted.

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by longsnake(m): 6:56am On Sep 13
let's see those that have PhD in rigging.. PDP nor APC

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Ikillbrokehoes(m): 6:57am On Sep 13
APC will rig that election believe me, I just pity obaseki.

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by handie(m): 6:57am On Sep 13
The way things are, Obaseki will most likely lose a free and fair election but me can tell you he isn't ready for that and so, he's ready to lose an arm and a leg to rig this election...... That's if he doesn't have his way with the judges handling the APC's candidate's eligibility case. Anyhow, na dem dem. May the best rigger win

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by ORIGENAL(m): 6:57am On Sep 13
Fear Buhari
Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Tharyor1984(m): 6:58am On Sep 13
I hope the election would be free and fair but INEC is already shifting electoral frauds to the presidency, so am waiting for presidential reply
Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Kobicove(m): 6:58am On Sep 13
Factfinder1:
Has there ever been a free and fair election in Nigeria

The election in 1992 was free and fair!

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Samfloxin(m): 6:58am On Sep 13
You can't rig election without INEC ,so if Edo election is rigged,INEC should be held responsible.They should stop crying when nobody is beating them up.

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Factfinder1(m): 6:59am On Sep 13
Has there ever been a free and fair election in Nigeria

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by ThatFairGuy1: 6:59am On Sep 13
Fear of rigging from PDP rises

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Re: Edo Governorship Election: Fear Of Rigging Rises by Guesteer1: 6:59am On Sep 13
Obasekiiiiii grin

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