Constituents of Imo West senatorial zone under the aegis of Orlu Peoples Assembly (OPA) has queried their representative at the National Assembly, Senator Rochas Okorocha.
Okorocha is among several legislators both at the red and green chambers of the Nationdl Assembly from the South East geopolitical region that were absent during the crucial voting for the electronic transmission of voting results.
In a letter written to Okorocha abd dated July 24, entitled ‘
Request for an explanation of your curious absence during the final voting for the Electoral Bill amendment,’ and made available to Sundiata Post on Friday, Orlu people said that they were appalled that their voices were not heard during that crucial moment.
The letter was signed by the President/Chairman Board of Administration Orlu Gong/ Orlu Peoples Assembly, Sir Fidel Anujuo.
The letter reads, “We received with utter bewilderment, dismay and considerable embarrasmemt the report of your absence during voting for Eletronic transmission of election results, integral part of the Electoral Amendment Bill held last week in the Red Chambers.
“We cannot understand or fathom your reason for absenting yourself on a day that such a critical bill that is of great interest to us, your constituents, was billed for voting.
“As a senator representing one of the largest Senatorial zones (Imo West) with 12 LGAs, with extensive geographical boundaries radiating from Ohaji Egbema in the southernmost boundary of Imo State on its border with Rivers State, to Ideato North LGA on the northernmost boundary of Imo State on its border with Anambra State, you cannot be unaware that the physical transmission of votes in our zone poses a perrenial challenge and electronic transmission of votes represented an opportunity for us to overcome this handicap that imperils our mandate and our lives in every election.
“We view your recent action the same way we viewed your absurd preference for Chairmanship of the Culture and Tourism Committee in the Senate instead of the Ecological Committee which is of greater interest to us as an erosion prone territory.
“It is unfathomable and unacceptable that you should be absent from the senate chamber on a day that the bill on such a grave matter is being concluded and we are at a loss as to the cause of this monumental faux pas.
“By your inauspicious absence from the senate chamber, you denied us of the opportunity to express our position on the issue by casting our vote for electronic transmission along with other progressive minds so that future generations will know that we choose a digital democratic culture, not an analogue one”.
They requested for a written explanation from the senator, which must be published and caused to be seen by his constituents and interested members of Nigerian public within seven days from the receipt of the letter.