12 November 2020 By Risikat Ejeme.
The Federal Government has been advised to strengthen the nation’s democratic institutions to enable the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, face the current challenges of electronic voting.
A solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Mr. Chukwudi Ezeobika gave the advice while featuring on “Politics Today” a KFM Current Affairs Program in Abuja.
Mr Ezeobika explained that for Nigeria to emulate the United States of America’s electoral system there is need for relevant authorities to put all necessary infrastructure in place.
Mr. Ezeobika explained that America has demonstrated that democracy can work and that power belongs to the people.
While contributing on the program a Public Affairs Analyst, Mr Onyebuchi Ezeigbo urged INEC to adopt electronic voting system to ensure credibility in future elections in the country.
Mr Ezeigbo who also noted that electronic voting, enabled Americans to cast their votes even before the election day.
He appealed to the electoral body to learn from the US to ensure elections in Nigeria are better managed.
Also speaking on the programme the Head of Public Law, Baze University Abuja, Dr Sam Amadi said the constitution should be flexible to enable citizens have the right to vote or be voted for irrespective of religion, tribe and geographical background.
He also called for adequate funding of the electoral body to enable it compete favourably with the rest of the world.
Mr Amadi however commended the United States of America for conducting a peaceful presidential election.
In his contribution a caller, Mr Emmanuel from Maitama adviced political office holders to always adhere to the principles of rule of law for the sustainance of democracy.