By Kabir Muhammad
Abuja – The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has called on the Presidential Committee on Constitution and Electoral Reform (PCCER), to strengthen the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in future elections.
Bello made the call when he received members of the PCCER led by its Chairman, Sen. Ken Nnamani, on Thursday in Abuja.
According to him, the credibility of the 2015 general election has enhanced the image of Nigeria to the outside World; therefore, it should be improved upon.
“The election was largely made credible, because of the use of biometrics and card readers by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“I am urging the committee to look into strengthening the use of ICT in all subsequent elections in order to sustain the achievements.
“The use of card readers in elections in Nigeria is a revolution that should be sustained, as it would go a long way in reducing the number of litigation after elections,’’ he said.
According to him, Nigeria is ripe and Nigerians are now well-educated and enlightened in the use of ICT in elections.
“This is considering how the populace made use of mobile telephone in addition to internet data mostly for news media (social media),’’ he said.
The minister assured members that the FCT Administration will support the committee in its work to ensure that subsequent electoral processes were fair and credible.
Bello lauded the contributions of Sen. Ken Nnamani to the country when he was the Senate President, saying that history will remember him for his role in ensuring the sustenance of democracy.
Speaking earlier, the PCCER Chairman, Nnamani commended the minister for his effort in completing abandoned projects across the 8,000 square kilometres of the Federal Capital Territory.
He said that the committee was in the FCT to hold a national public hearing to collate more information from the residents before turning out an all-inclusive report to the government.
“In addition to this, the committee will also bring up relevant bills for enactment by the National Assembly,’’ he said.
By Kabir Muhammad