- Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has proffered a solution to "50%" of problems bedevilling the Nigerian electoral institution
- The former Nigerian leader said the problem of electoral violence and malpractice can be solved by the adoption of electronic voting
- Jonathan also noted that the use of thugs by desperate politicians grossly contribute to the security challenges facing the country
Goodluck Jonathan, former Nigerian president, has suggested that electronic voting is the only solution to the often recurring electoral malpractice, thuggery and violence.
Speaking on Sunday, November 8, at the third synod of the Diocese of Ogbia at St Mark’s Anglican Church in Otakeme, Bayelsa state, Jonathan stressed that 50% of the problem facing Nigerian electoral institution will be solved by the adoption of e-voting.
The former president, who spoke alongside Governor Duoye Diri, said it is high time Nigeria moved forward, leaving an era where thuggery and cultism characterised the electoral process.
He noted that the use of young people and hoodlums to rig election has "increased the security challenges facing our nation."
"Some of the youths they use are so protected that even the police cannot arrest them because they are ‘boys’ to powerful politicians who use them during elections.
"That is why I have always advocated that for us to move forward as a country, we must use electronic voting where nobody will use thugs to win elections."
Also speaking at the event, Governor Diri who was represented by his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, backed Jonathan's position and further maintained that all stakeholders must agree that electronic voting is the solution.
The Bayelsa governor admonished youths to resist evil politicians "who do not mean well for them."
Meanwhile, Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said the body is putting every plan in place to use electronic voting in the forthcoming Anambra state election.
Speaking on Wednesday, November 4, the INEC boss revealed that the Anambra governorship election will hold in 2021 with N1 billion budgeted for the poll.
The INEC boss also declared that Nigeria is taking a stronger leap towards the full adoption of electronic voting which he said will end the manual electoral process, adding that 40 companies have submitted proposals on the production of technology for voting.
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