" ITREALMS: Obasanjo may okay e-Voting

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Obasanjo may okay e-Voting

THE usage of the proposed electronic voting (e-voting) may have received some green light from the presidency, as the President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said weekend, that digitalising the ballot system would help minimise short comings associated with past elections.

The president said this in Abuja, just as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Maurice Iwu, declared in Kano that those kicking against e-voting
were those who have for years been holding Nigeria to ransom through election rigging.

Iwu also denied saying he was happy with what is happening in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Receiving in audience members of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers at the State House, Abuja President Obasanjo stated that electronic voting would help reduce human errors and other types of vices that usually threaten the credibility of election results.

"The more we are able to take human error, either by omission or comission, away from the electoral porcess, the more our electoral process and the results will be less controvertible and controversial," Obasanjo said.

Besides, President Obasanjo maintained that the country could not afford to lag behind in revolutionalising the electoral process in this modern age especially "in these days when everybody is going digital and everything is going ditigal."
(SOURCE: Daily Champion)

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