It’s Time to Embrace e-voting, Ikubese Tells INEC

By Collins Dupson, 11th November, 2021

A former Presidential aspirant and Convener of YesWeFit Movement, Dr Thomas-Wilson Ikubese has expressed support for digitalizing the nation’s electoral process, saying the time has come for electronic voting.

The medical practitioner stated this while featuring on ChannelsTV Sunrise Daily monitored by PATH, noting that electronic voting is the only way to get credible elections in Nigeria.

He stated further that, the introduction of e-voting will avert voters’ apathy that characterised elections in the country especially in the just concluded Anambra election where low turnout was recorded.

Dr Ikubese explained that e-voting would also end unnecessary shut down of people and the nation’s economy on election days, asking INEC to start considering the possibility of embracing e-voting system as the country’s electoral umpire.

According to him, “the poor turnout of people on election days in Nigeria due to insecurity and poor performances of political office holders who had monitised the electoral system for selfish gains could be minimise if e-voting is introduce by INEC”.

While congratulating Prof Charles Soludo over his victory in the just concluded Anambra governorship election, he commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC with the deployment of new technology for the polls which he believes will add more credibility to future elections.

“ It’s high time INEC should start working towards electronic voting; they are saying we are not there yet, when are we going to be there? In the past whenever we championed the use of card reader machines for voting, they said it was not possible, now we are using it. e-voting is possible only if the Electoral Umpire is ready to listening to the yearnings of Nigerians advocating for it”.

Meanwhile,YesWefit Convener frowned at the salaries and allowances of political office holders in Nigeria, saying do or die kind of politics being played by the country’s politicians were as a result of huge benefits accrued from their various offices.

” Let our government make political office less attractive, the rush for such offices will definitely reduce; huge cut in the take home of political office holders from the President, Vice President, Governors, council Chairmen, state and federal lawmakers will only allow serious and sincere politicians to occupy position of authority”..

He advocates same salary scale for both the politicians and civil servants, thereby making politics less lucrative. “Individual, group and stakeholders must wake up and pressurize the National Assembly to enact laws that would make political offices less lucrative”.

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