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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 02:33 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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