Human rights activists lead protests in NASS over alleged removal Of Electronic Transmission Of Results.
Members of Alliance of Civil Society Organisations for Expansion of Electoral and Democratic Space (ACCESS) on Tuesday stormed National Assembly to protest against the alleged removal of electronic transmission of election results from the final copy of the Electoral Amendment Bill.
The protest which was led by the human rights activists, Aisha Yesufu, Deji Adeyanju and Ariyo- Dare Atoye alleged that some sections of the lawmakers inserted strange items and clauses and also expunged some of the proposals that were canvassed for by Nigerians during the public hearing.
The protesters who were chanting anti-government songs displayed placards and banners at the gate of the National Assembly warned the lawmakers against subversion of peoples’ will.
Some of the inscriptions read; ‘Who Forged Electoral Bill’; No More Rigging’; ‘We Demand Electronic Transmission of Results’ among others.
Yesufu called on Nigerians to prevail on the lawmakers to reject the forged Section 50 (2) and other manipulated sections of the Electoral Bill in the interest of Nigerians.
She added that Nigerians would resist any attempt to mortgage the future of the unborn generation and compromise the electoral process for selfish interest.
She said: “We are not happy with what is happening in our nation especially what is happening in the National Assembly, the same people we voted into the office to fight our fight for us, to be our voice, to stand for us. For how long have we been fighting for this electoral reform?
“I sat at the public hearing when Senate President came out and said we should take his words and we know now that his words mean nothing. The Senate President should be ashamed of himself. He said the first quarter of the year they are going to pass the electoral bill. Here we are, we are now in July and we are still asking for the same thing.
“Femi Gbajabiamila you fought to be Speaker to come and be a rubber stamp and not fighting for the people. You are just sitting down there as number four and playing second fiddle and playing as if you are not a citizen but a slave.
“We are saying this is democracy and the legislative arm of government is what make it democracy and today we are demanding that transmission of results must be done electronically.