Former governor asks NASS to include electronic voting in electoral act

Former governor asks NASS to include electronic voting in electoral act

- Olusegun Osoba has called for the adoption of electronic voting in Nigeria

- The former governor of Ogun state urged the National Assembly to include it as part of the Electoral Act amendment

- Osoba expressed optimism that electronic voting will put an end to electoral fraud in Nigeria

Olusegun Osoba has called on the National Assembly to include electronic voting as part of the Electoral Act amendment.

Osoba who is a former governor of Ogun state said this at an event marking 160 years of journalism in Nigeria in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The former governor who was also a professional journalist said Nigeria had no excuse not to digitalise its voting process.

He lamented that the Nigerian electoral process is ridden with vote-buying, rigging and ballot box snatching.

“I’m shocked at what we have now (electoral process) because it is worse than corruption,” Osoba said.

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He said electronic voting will put an end to electoral fraud in Nigeria.

Osoba called on every Nigerian to embrace electronic voting, saying other African countries such as Ghana and Kenya have already embraced it.

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Meanwhile, as part of efforts to check the activities of political parties in the country, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has started verification of the presence of the 92 registered parties in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The electoral body has set up eight teams of its Election and Party Monitoring (EPM) department to verify the 92 registered political parties.

Musa Husunu, deputy director in the EPM department said there are some criteria which INEC expects from every registered political party.

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