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NIGERIA NOT READY FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING – Odeneye Olusegun (ACN-Ogun), Member of the House of Representatives

March 11, 2012

Culled from Punch Nigeria, March 11, 2012 by Agency Reporter

A member of the House of Representatives, Odeneye Olusegun (ACN-Ogun), says Nigeria is not yet prepared for electronic voting.

Olusegun said this in Abuja on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

He was reacting to comments made by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, that electronic voting might be used in the 2015 general elections.

According to him, the electoral commission should concentrate on perfecting the manual system of voting instead of the electronic system.

“I think INEC should concern itself with the manual system we are operating currently,” he said.

He said that the country currently lacked the infrastructure that would effectively facilitate the electronic voting process.

Olusegun added that it also lacked the manpower to operate the system which had to do with information technology.

The legislator said that the current manual system had been marred by late arrival of voting materials experienced in past elections due to a lack of manpower.

HON. KEHINDE OLUSEGUN ODENEYE’S PROFILE

Date of Birth: 1969-10-19
Marital Status: Married
Political Party: Action Congress of Nigeria
State: Lagos
Member’s District: Ijebu Central
Date of Asumption: 2007-05-29
Seat Up Date: 2011-05-29
repscontact@nass.gov.ng Education: 1. Lagos State University 2006
2. Lagos State Polytechnic 1990
3. Ogbogbo Baptist Grammar School 1986
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2012 18:06

    I totally disagree with Mr Odeneye Olusegun. He said in his interview that “…that the country currently lacked the infrastructure that would effectively facilitate the electronic voting process.” My question to him is that if that is true, why are the Banks in Nigeria able to effectively conduct their online banking, which some of us benefit from outside the shores of Nigeria? Mr Olusegun Odeneye further added that Nigeria “…lacked the manpower to operate the system which had to do with information technology.” My advice to him is that he should not use his limited exposure to talk down the country. Nigerians have excelled in every endeavour, including information technology the world over and the manpower is abound to actualise electronic voting if the POLITICAL WILL is there.

  2. abubakar tukur permalink
    August 25, 2014 15:40

    you give the correct information

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