Politics Africa: Gov. Fayemi condemns separate days of election, advocates for a day and e-voting

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi
Gov. Fayemi condemns separate days of election, advocates for a day and e-voting

Following the time and materials constrains witnessed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has said he the best thing is for Nigeria to conduct all her elections in one day, and possibly through electronic voting.

This was made known shortly after casting his vote at his home town, Isan Ekiti, the Governor said the current election schedule where elections into all elective positions are conducted separately “is not a good use of time and effort”.

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The Governor however commended INEC for her prompt response to some hiccups that could have marred the smooth conduct of the 2019 general elections; saying that he would be happy if the process run smoothly in all parts of the State just as the card reader worked perfectly in Isan Ekiti where he voted.

“The card reader work, my fingerprint was read and it took less than a minute for me to do these and vote. If it is like this everywhere, we really have to give kudos to INEC. There may have been some errors in the past but they have quickly corrected those and they have done well in this election.

“I look forward to a time when all the elections can actually happen in one day. This is not a good use of our time the time we commit to this effort, the man working hour is just too much. So we hope technology will improve, we hope to get to the point of electronic voting and get to the point where everything can be smooth and fast and we can combine work with voting,” he said.

Fayemi, who voted at 11:28 am, said the election went reasonably well and peaceful, but that the turnout was lower than it was during the presidential election a fortnight ago.

His words: “I have been in touch with virtually every local government and community in the State. The election has gone reasonably well, peaceful and the poll officials got to their units on time and voters were treated respectfully. It appears that we have a low turnout today, lower than we recorded during the presidential and NASS election two weeks ago.”

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