As elections come to an end across Nigeria, e-nigeriang in this editorial looks into the several challenges that almost marred the 2019 Presidential/Governorship elections and proffers lasting solution to electoral fraud, electoral violence and other inaccuracies. Starrys Obazei writes for e-NIGERIA!
Twenty-first century is obviously a digital era and in medicine, agriculture, finance, travels, information, among others, the world has long ditched analogue system.
Digital precision does not only make things or processes easier, they achieve the desired results more accurately than the analogue process.
Nobody likes to be left behind, high technology processes are the order of the day, and it is wonderful how our world has gone this far.
The first world –developed countries – always look for ways to make things faster, easier and openly transparent. This is now more employed in electoral process.
Electronic voting in USA was first used in 1964.
Electronic voting refers to computerized vote machines which uses for voting electronic ballots instead of paper ballots.
An electronic voting machine is an electronic machine which voters use to register their votes.
In Nigeria, using digital infrastructure for our elections is though recommended by many, others are still against it, saying that desperate politicians will always have a way to circumvent the technology or worse still, damage it.
Winning election is a do or die affair in Nigeria because the economy of the country is not giving much to the citizens, but whoever is elected governor or president or other high political position, has banished poverty in his life as he would have unhindered access to the state’s treasury.
Nothing can be as empowering as having unhindered access to the nation’s treasury. There are many ex-governors or presidents who spend billions with oceanic flow.
Richest people in the world are mainly businessmen, but there could be some Nigerian politicians that are richer than these richest men in other parts of the world.
These politicians can do anything to get into or remain in office. They could be driven by demonic desperation and whoever stands on their way can be destroyed with impunity.
With the turnout of events in the 2019 general elections, the need for digital voting or electronic voting becomes highly cogent and urgent.
An analyst on Channels TV recently said Nigerians do not have confidence in our electoral system, and he said: “I think for us to build confidence in our electoral system, we need to integrate block chain technology in the electoral system, where Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is able to provide real time information about the results being declared.
“Initially, results are meant to be declared at the polling units before being transferred to collation centers.
“So I believe that if we integrate a real time technology whereby as people turn out to vote, results are declared there and then for Nigerians to have confidence in the electoral system and even support it much more.
“This generation is technology-driven. But our electoral system is not in tune with 21st century technology. We use our Permanent Voters’ Cards; we also use ATM, why can’t we have single identity platform in our voting system so you can use it to cast your votes anywhere you are in the country?
“Mind you, today Diaspora people cannot cast their votes and these are people that contribute $20 billion to Nigeria’s economy.
“If we integrate the block chain technology, anywhere you are in the world as a citizen of Nigeria, you can cast your ballot.”
From the foregoing, just like we use our ATM cards and PVCs, we can use our new electronic cards to vote anywhere in the world and our votes will count.
The talk about hacking is there, but banks in Nigeria have not closed down because of hacking.
Banking especially has shown that digital voting; in spite of what politicians can do to hack the system, can also survive like the banks.
So digital voting is it!