A former secretary to Eket Local Government Council and front runner in the 2023 Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly race for Eket State Constituency has described the recently signed electoral law as “an instrument of democratic reformation and modernization”.
Mr Uwem Vincent Uwemedimo made the assertion during a courtesy call on him by a group known as “Youth Vanguard for Democracy”, on Friday, in Eket, when the group came calling to express their support for his aspiration.
He cited clauses of the electoral law that has been added to deepen democracy to include, Section 50, sub-section (2) which introduces electronic transmission of result from the polling units into INEC portal.
“Over the years, our electoral process has been interjected by political mischief, with the practice of hijack of voting materials, ballot box and other sundry electoral fraud because of the crude means of collating results.
“With the introduction of the electronic transmission of result, there will be transparency and accuracy in the system and a total elimination of thuggery”, he enthused.
He also commended the National Assembly for making provisions for people with disabilities and special needs in the Act, as captured in Clause 54 (2) of the document.
Uwemedimo described President Muhammadu Buhari as a democrat committed to the modernization of Nigeria’s democracy, maintaining that Nigeria has what it takes to become a world power within the shortest possible time if the process of leadership recruitment is redefined to produce credible and selfless leaders through the instrumentality of the electoral law, when property implemented.
The former council secretary, who has held various political positions in Eket Local Government Area over the years, assured that, “when given the mandate, to represent the good people of Eket in the State House of Assembly, I will focus my attention on human capacity development.
“We need laws that will prioritize human development through entrepreneurship and job creation, a system that rewards hard work and ingenuity within our youth population”, he said.
Vincent said he will bring his experience to bear for effective representation, adding that his oversight functions, while in office will include job creation among others.
Earlier, the leader of the group, Engr Udeme Michael, said that they came on the solidarity visit because the group has done a thorough survey of the pedigree of those angling for the State House of Assembly job and found him to be the most qualified in terms of experience, accessibility and credibility.