As preparations are ongoing for the Presidential election, slated for Saturday, February 16, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has listed five strategies it believes would prevent what it called the manipulation of the Electoral process.
Former Aviation Minister and Spokesperson/Chairman, Strategy Committee of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Osita Chidoka, made this known to a Journalist, in Abuja.
According to Chidoka, the PDP has in place: “A state-of-the-art Parrell Voting Tabulation, PVT, system, a national network of fully equipped Situation Rooms and Call Centres, a nationwide hotline for the public to report malpractice, as well as the launch of a hashtag, #DefendYourVote, among others.”
On the rationale for deploying the PVT, Chidoka explained that the device “is a scientifically proven, best practice technique, to hold election authorities accountable, particularly when there is a lack of trust and the results are highly contested.”
He added that the PVT would ensure that PDP partisans “accept the results of the election, and that the country remains peaceful and respectful of its differences”, adding that, some civil society organisations would also have their PVTs in place.
The PDP Chieftain further explained: “Our methodology accounts for several different scenarios, to ensure continued collation of the results in the event of any disruptions with collation process.
“Hard copies of the signed voter tally provided to all party agents by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Officers, will be transported to the Central Command Center, should future disputes need to be reconciled.”
And unlike in the past, Chidoka said that the party would deploy a huge number of well trained and educated agents to each of the 176,000 polling units, nationwide