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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 01:33 PM
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37. Nigeria: Credible elections: E-voting to the rescue
My comment: :wtf:

As the euphoria over the electoral triumph of Barack Obama as President-elect of America begins to ebb in Nigeria, time has come for a sober reflection among the policy makers and the political class on how best to achieve a more transparent, credible and almost hitch free election. It is only but 24 months away to the 2011 general elections and the nation cannot continue to dwell in the past which was characterized by recriminations, name-calling and hate-filled blame against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its leadership.

Indeed as we celebrate the Obamas phenomenal statement on the demolition of racial barriers and other man-made inhibitions in the world electoral system, we need to pause to evaluate what led to that revolution in America. Our politicians have been so carried away by that singular achievement that they have even engaged in the absurd including a House of Assembly passing a motion for states to name streets after Obama and governors sending congratulatory messages, with tax-payers money, to a president-elect who they neither know nor appreciate his principles.

But never mind, since success has many fathers, the revelry is excusable in so far as those concerned reflect deeply on the factors that turned up Obama and of course examine the electoral system which ensured that he was not robbed of victory. Experts have posited that technology played a prominent part in strengthening the American electoral system. Another factor is the disciplined and principled culture of American politicians who believe in the supremacy of the voter and not in dubious and violence soaked process of snatching of ballot boxes or falsifying election results. The transparent electoral system evolved through a painstaking effort to ensure that any voters vote counts. Tried and tested, the electronic voting system has been largely responsible for the success of every American election. As it has worked for America, so can it work here if only we can give it a chance.

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  -Well, I just felt like collecting some ER news for old times' sake. tbyg52  Nov-30-08 12:01 PM   #0 
  - States nt  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:03 PM   #1 
  - WI: AG sounds off on voter lawsuit, rest of term  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:09 PM   #9 
  - FL: Frequent Hialeah candidate convicted of election fraud  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:11 PM   #10 
  - TX: Judge alleges election fraud in Richardson  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:13 PM   # 
  - GA: Velvet Revolution Says Saxby Chambliss Election Fraud:  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:15 PM   #12 
  - GA: E-Vote Questions Linger Over Cleland's 2002 Loss  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:34 PM   #38 
  - PA: Ex-ACORN worker gets home term in voter fraud case  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:16 PM   #13 
  - CA: Velvet Revolution Calls on CA Secretary of State to Investigate Prop 8 Vote!  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:17 PM   #14 
  - PA: County looks into voting machine bugs  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:20 PM   #15 
  - IN: Grand jury to look at Muncie mayoral election  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:23 PM   #16 
  - CO: Conejos voting machines pass tests  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:35 PM   #20 
  - OH: Voting system will be panned  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:36 PM   #21 
  - VA: Electronic votings reign far from over  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:38 PM   #22 
  - MN: Disputed ballots: Judge for yourself  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:59 PM   #25 
  - HI: Paperless voting for neighborhood boards approved  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:27 PM   #34 
  - FL: Gerrymandering in Florida  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:35 PM   #39 
  - VA: Improving Absentee Voting  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:39 PM   #40 
  - MD: We Don't Need No Stinking Source Codes!  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:47 PM   #45 
  - Some more info from BradBlog:  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:49 PM   #46 
  - OH: Lawsuit over '04 Ohio election advances  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:58 PM   #48 
  - FL: Class-Action Suit Filed Over Early Primary Election Date  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:02 PM   #49 
  - AL: Justice Department Sues Alabama for Failure to Protect Voting Rights of Overseas Citizens  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:08 PM   #52 
  - TX: Capitol News - Texas Legislature  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:15 PM   #55 
  - OR: Voting-machine results backed by recount test  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:23 PM   #60 
  - OH: Despite uproar, just 2 votes questioned  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:30 PM   #62 
  - Oh!  MookieWilson   Nov-30-08 12:04 PM   #2 
  - I wish my mind worked that fast....!  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:06 PM   #4 
  - National nt  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:04 PM   #3 
  - Diebold faces GPL infringement lawsuit over voting machines  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:23 PM   #31 
  - The Morning After, Voting Problems Remain  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:13 PM   #54 
  - Consensus Builds for Universal Voter Registration  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:18 PM   #57 
  - Foreign nt  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:07 PM   #5 
  - Election Fraud in Nicaragua  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:29 PM   #17 
  - VOA: Vote Recount Needed In Nicaragua  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:56 PM   #24 
  - Nigeria: Credible elections: E-voting to the rescue  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:33 PM   #37 
  - Philippines: Electoral reforms  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:29 PM   #35 
  - Philippines: Groups push for transparency, 'hybrid' counting for 2010  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:31 PM   #36 
  - Venezuela may reform election law  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:09 PM   #53 
  - Blogs, Editorials, LTTEs, etc. nt  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:07 PM   #6 
  - Voter Fraud  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:32 PM   #18 
  - LTTE: Twiddling our thumbs on voting security  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:45 PM   #23 
  - NYT: New Jersey Still Needs to Fix Its Electronic Voting  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:17 PM   #27 
  - Editorial: Take politics out of redistricting (CA)  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:18 PM   #28 
  - Time to target gerrymandering (PA)  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:19 PM   #29 
  - Why all votes are not equal (FL)  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:20 PM   #30 
  - Are Long Lines the New Poll Tax?  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:24 PM   #32 
  - More Unfinished 2008 Election Business: Verifiable Vote Counts  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:26 PM   #33 
  - LTTE: Possible Voter Fraud  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:41 PM   #41 
  - Bailing out ignorance: Voting public 'dumber than ever'  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:42 PM   #42 
  - Why Minnesota's Recount Process is a Model for the Country  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:43 PM   #43 
  - More Election 2008 Stories: Election Judge Who "Helps" Voters Vote  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:46 PM   #44 
  - Popular Science: What You Need to Know About Voting Machines  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 01:56 PM   #47 
  - A couple of eVoting security podcasts, one an interview with Avi Rubin.  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:06 PM   #50 
  - Denying military personnel the right to vote  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:07 PM   #51 
  - Avoid the agony of recounts, and more, with instant runoff  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:17 PM   #56 
  - Making the case for Open Source software for elections (CA)  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:31 PM   #63 
  - Slow down Internet voting plan (FL)  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:32 PM   #64 
  - Campaign Finance nt  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:07 PM   #7 
  - Final touches put on public campaign finance plan (NH)  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:25 PM   #61 
  - The Youth Vote nt  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:08 PM   #8 
  - Why Democrats are thankful: The youth vote has arrived  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:20 PM   #58 
  - Philippines: Be counted, young voters urged  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:22 PM   #59 
  - silly me. I thought you meant  Tuesday Afternoon   Nov-30-08 12:13 PM   #11 
  - I *knew* there was a reason I decided to do this today....!  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 12:34 PM   #19 
  - K&R for olde times sake. n/t  yowzayowzayowza   Nov-30-08 01:14 PM   #26 
  - Thank you! nt  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 03:12 PM   #68 
  - That's all, folks!  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 02:34 PM   #65 
  - You need a hobby.  Lochloosa   Nov-30-08 02:54 PM   #66 
  - Nah, I just need to go back to work Monday.  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 03:06 PM   #67 
  - Thanks so much for doing this. It demonstrates just how much our ER issues continue to percolate.  Fly by night   Nov-30-08 03:37 PM   #69 
  - That's one of the reasons I did it.  tbyg52   Nov-30-08 03:53 PM   #70 
  - Thanks, tbyg! n/t  Melissa G   Nov-30-08 09:56 PM   #71 
     - It seemed like a good idea at the time.... ;-> nt  tbyg52   Dec-02-08 07:20 PM   #72 

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