Federal House of Representatives Minority Leader Hon. Ndudi Elumelu has campaigned for tougher sanctions against any politician or party involved in electoral fraud.
Elumelu made the call in a talk at the 5th Biennale Convention of the 84th grade of St. Pius High School, Onitcha-Ugbo, which took place on Saturday in Umunede, Delta.
In a talk entitled “The Role of Improved Election Awareness in Improving Leadership in Nigeria,” Elumelu noted that drastic measures are needed to clean up the electoral system.
“A candidate and a political party whose election is canceled due to known manipulation allegations should be sanctioned.
“Such candidates or parties should be excluded from further participation in elections for a period of time.
“It is important that the laws that govern elections consistently recommend penalties for INEC officials, politicians and political parties found guilty of electoral crimes,” he said.
The Reps minority chairman said there should be a provision holding an election officer responsible for election misconduct if an election is canceled by a court.
According to him, such a provision will deter election officials from manipulating elections.
Elumelu also tasked the country’s electoral body to take urgent steps to accelerate the use of technology to add credibility to the voting process.
“For example, the electronic transmission of the declared results directly from the polling stations will help prevent abuses related to matching and changing the results,” he noted.
In order to improve electoral awareness among citizens, the legislature declared that awareness of electoral processes is an indispensable prerequisite for improving leadership quality in a democracy.
He stated that proper electoral awareness was essential as it gave people the right and opportunity to choose their political leaders.
“Only a politically conscious electorate can maximize their rights and opportunities by enthroning leadership through which they can effectively realize their wants and aspirations,” he said.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the 5th biennial congress of St. Pius Grammer School, Grade 84, of which Elumelu is a member, had the theme: “Closer Relationships, Stronger Future”.
The highlight of the event was the awarding of the honorary award to one of the school’s pioneers, the late Mr. Patrick Mosea, the Hon. Ndudi Elumelu and three others.
While Mosea received a posthumous award for service to the school, Elumelu was honored with an award for philanthropy and service to humanity.
NAN reports that Elumelu represents the Aniocha / Oshimili federal constituency of Delta in the House of Representatives.