Thursday, 14 February 2019

Election :PDP Sets Up State Of The Art Pararrel Voting Tabulation (PVT) System

With what transpired during the Osun guber election still fresh in its mind, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has set up what it described as ‘state of the art’ Parallel Voting Tabulation (PVT) system to hold the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) accountable.

Addressing journalists at a press conference, one of the PDP campaign spokespersons, Osita Chidoka, said that the party lacks confidence in INEC, noting that they are relying on the show of love and support Nigerians have shown the party’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, during the campaign trails.

The main opposition party however threatened that, there would be consequence if the February 16 presidential election was rigged in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Chidoka stated, “The PVT is a reporting system from the wards, to the district headquarters, to the states to the national tally centre, and the system has redundancies built at all levels, in the event of internet or command shutdown or failure or any other eventualities.

“The PVT is a scientifically proven, best practice technique, to hold election authorities accountable, particularly when there is lack of trust, and the results are highly contested.

“The PVT is a tool that will ensure that PDP partisans accept the results of the election, and that the country remains peaceful and respectful of its differences. We are aware that other PVT will be conducted by civil society,” Chidoka added.

The PDP campaign spokesperson therefore urged the electorate and party supporters to call hotline number: 097000551 to report any incidence of violence or electoral malpractice.

“The PDP is deploying an unprecedented number of trained party agents to each of the 176,000 polling units across the country. The agents have been trained in electoral process, understand their rights to be present, and have data and SMS technologies to report results as they are certified by the INEC officers at the polling units in real time,” he revealed.

He warned that, “Anyone who interferes in the electoral process, there will be consequences. There will be consequence for rigging.

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