Thursday, January 20

Electorate Not Ripe For E-voting, Says Don

Nigerian electorate is not ripe for electronic voting, a Professor of Political-Economics with Chukwuemeka Odomegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Igbariam, Anambra, Chubah Ezeh, has said.

Ezeh told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu yesterday.

The professor was reacting to the call for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to implement electronic voting system in the country.

He said if INEC wanted to go digital and be 100 per cent technology-driven, it must provide adequate infrastructure.

“The issue of basic infrastructure like power supply must be addressed and it must not rely on generating sets. Without proper enlightenment, the average Nigerian is a novice to use electronic device beyond his personal phones,’’ he said.

INEC, he said, must upgrade its staff to be computer compliant before the introduction of such a system.

According to him, electronic voting is not bad in itself; it shows a forward progress.

“But how can one be sure of the result being intact and not subjected to some technological manipulations and cyber interference from external actors and countries just as the case between United States and Russia at present,’’ he said.

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