Reform electoral process to allow electronic voting, transmission of results - Law professor

Reform electoral process to allow electronic voting, transmission of results - Law professor

- A law professor has called for electoral reforms which according to him, must include electronic voting and transmission of results

- According to Akin Oyebode, the issues in the country's electoral system can be solved with the help of digital technology

- The law professor also called for the need for all politicians to adhere to the rules and regulations of the electoral system

Akin Oyebode, a professor of International Law and Jurisprudence, on Tuesday, March 19, called for constitutional and electoral reforms to accommodate electronic voting and transmission of results.

Oyebode told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that such reforms would strengthen electoral processes in the country.

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Oyebode said: “Nigeria is trudging along a steep learning curve as far as elections are concerned despite having a history stretching all the way back to 1922.

“First and foremost, our political actors need to imbibe a true democratic ethos in order to play the game according to the rules.

“Secondly, there is a felt need for reform of our constitution and electoral laws in order to admit digitalisation and electronic voting and transmission of results.

“With such reforms, the current rough edges of our electoral process are done away with once and for all time," he said.

Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari was called upon to give his assent to the amended electoral act to make the use of the smart card reader a law in the nation’s future electoral process.

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Dr Blessing Nwagba, the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Abia state, made the call on Monday, March 18, during a news conference in Umuahia at the end of the party's post-election meeting in her campaign office in Umuahia.

She said that the use of electronic voting would help in no small measure to curb electoral malpractice in the country.

Nwagba said that the general elections in Abia were marred by massive electoral fraud.

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