The Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri has backed calls for electronic voting in the country, saying it will solve most of the electoral challenges facing the country.
The governor stated this while speaking at the weekend at a reception in his honour in Sampou community, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, adding that though electronic voting might not solve all the problems, it would significantly reduce the challenges.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, Governor Diri was qouted as recalling with displeasure, the malpractices which marred the 2019 governorship election.
While ascribing his victory to “God who showed Himself in my case as the only one who gives power”, the governor thanked the people of Sampou for the honour, appealing for patience and support for his administration.
He said: “Part of what would solve the problem of this country is electronic voting. I recommend e-voting, e-register and electronic elections in Nigeria. It might not solve all our electoral problems, but would go far in resolving most of our electoral conflicts.
“My leaders, my elders, my brothers and sisters, I appreciate you for the love and honour you have shown me. The colourful reception you have organised in my honour, I say thank you. I bring a message of love and hope.
“Out takeoff as a government was very turbulent, but we have flown above the turbulent weather. Now we are stabilising and the testimony is all across the state. I only ask for your support.”
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