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Group tasks INEC on e-voting

By  Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has again been called upon to adopt the electronic voting system,  if  a hitch free election is to be achieved in the country.

The Head of Mission, Nigeria, International Organisation for Sustainable Development, IOSD, Dr. Timothy Ihemadu, made the appeal while flagging off a workshop it organised in Owerri.

“It is also important to note that apart from enabling voters to vote from anywhere, electronic voting can minimize fraud during elections if lessons from across the globe is anything to go by,” Ihemedu said.

He commended the people of Anambra State for the successful conduct of the recent gubernatorial election, adding that this had shown that Nigerians can conduct free, fair and credible elections.

“The Anambra election has, however, exposed some weaknesses in our electoral system, and government is determined to plug these loopholes as we approach the 2011 general elections,” he said.

Speaking also, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Imo State, Owi Maria Inibiye, lamented that the issue of eligible voter had generated many upheavals in electioneering in the country because politicians register the underage to increase the voting strength of their areas, which is against electoral norms.


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