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Electronic voting is the only way to achieve credible elections —Jonathan

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Dr. Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and the United Nations special envoy for crisis management, has said that electronic voting is the only way to achieve credible elections in Nigeria and the rest of Africa.

Speaking at the presidential panel at The Osasu Show 2020 Symposium, Jonathan said that the election outcome should be decided by the ballot, not by any other means, not even the courts.

“For me, if Africa in particular will move forward, it is not just about the routine conduct of elections. This year alone in West Africa made up of 15 states, we have five states that had elections.

“So in terms of regular elections, we are making progress, but are these elections credible? If they are representing a constitutional democratic scenario, it is the problem.

“Regular elections, okay, but elections per se are not democracy. If the votes of the citizens do not count, then it is as good as a military dictatorship. So, for me, reforms should first make votes count.

“And in taking a critical look at the way elections are conducted across the continent, at least from what I have observed, I have seen that the only way we can get there is through electronic voting.

“People can feel, yeah, that someone could tamper with the system, get smart guys who can hack into the system and do all kinds of things, yeah, but still people use the electronic system to move hundreds of millions of dollars around. the world. So I still very sincerely believe that that’s the way to go. “

Jonathan signed the Nigerian electoral law in 2010, pushing for several reforms, including the revision of the voter registry.

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