- Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, says Nigeria should embrace electronic voting
- Jonathan advocated for electronic at a book presentation to mark the second term inauguration of Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike
- The former president also says African continent must come up with a minimum standard for the establishment of the election management body
Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has advocated for electronic voting in Nigeria, saying it will sustain the country's democratic values.
Jonathan made the assertion at a lecture and book presentation to mark the second term inauguration of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.
According to him, African continent must come up with a minimum standard for the establishment of the election management body, Daily Trust reports.
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Legit.ng gathers that the ex-president said: “We must come up with new standards for constituting our election management body in a way that people will have confidence. I believe in some quarters what they do is that a body of people constitute the Election Management Body. It is not in the hands of one person.
“When you leave such responsibility in the hands of a politician, no matter how good the person is, there will be the tendency for people to suspect that the right thing is not done. When people don’t have confidence in the system, whatever they do, it is difficult for the people to accept.”
“The continental body, African Union, should come up with a minimum standard across Africa for constituting Electoral Management Body."
Jonathan said there should be an independent security agencies that will provide security during elections.
He said: “The African Union must come up with a code of conduct for security operatives that participate in elections. What happened in Rivers State, in a video being circulated where women were dragging soldiers down from walls was a very sorry sight. When these things are being discussed outside the country, if you are a Nigerian, you feel so ashamed."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that former president Goodluck Jonathan arrived Johannesburg ahead of South Africa's national and provincial elections.
Jonathan, who led the Election Observation Mission of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), disclosed this on his Twitter handle.
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