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Can e-voting end electoral fraud in Nigeria? Ex-Gov Osoba offers answers

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A former governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba has urged the National Assembly to include electronic voting as part of the amendment to the Electoral Act.

Osoba renewed the call for the amendment of the Electoral Act while speaking at an event marking 160 years of journalism in Nigeria, held in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He said Nigeria had no excuse not to digitalise its voting process, adding that it was regrettable that the electoral process in the country had been bastardised.

The former governor said vote buying, rigging and ballot box snatching were among the challenges plaguing the country’s electoral process.

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

The former governor stated that the inclusion of electronic voting in the Electoral Act would put an end to electoral fraud in Nigeria.

“The day we stop selling our votes, that day, we will get it right and start electing the right people into political offices.

“That is why I have been pushing for the amendment to the Electoral Act. Let us all support and fight for the review of the act. Let us fight for electronic voting.

“We need to go electronic in voting in Nigeria because Ghana has gone electronic; Kenyan has gone electronic; we have no excuse not to get digital in our electoral process; the day of analogue system is gone,” Osoba said.

He attributed the falling standard of journalism in Nigeria to poor remuneration of journalists, saying it was unpardonable that employers should owe salaries.

“It is an offence unto God and even man,” he said.

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